Brazil sparks furore over internet privacy bill

A Brazilian draft bill that was originally aimed at enshrining basic rights for internet users has sparked a furore after President Dilma Rousseff added a requirement that online information concerning citizens be kept physically within the country.Brazil’s Congress could approve as early as this week legislation known as the Marco Civil that was drawn up to protect freedom of expression and privacy on the web. However, its remit was extended after the revelations by Edward Snowden, former US National Security Agency contractor, that the US spied extensively on Brazil, including on the personal communications of Ms Rousseff and her staff.

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