Last summer, in the wake of leaks from Edward Snowden showing that the National Security Agency had targeted Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, the country publicly lambasted the United States and made the case that companies that do business in Brazil must keep data on Brazilian citizens locally. A corresponding provision would be added to an “Internet bill of rights” and net neutrality bill that had been pending in the Brazilian legislature for years.
However, in a concession to intense lobbying by Google and other major American tech companies, that local storage requirement was dropped from the final language that passed the lower house (Google Translate) of the Brazilian Congress on Tuesday.
The bill, known formally as the “Marco Civil da Internet,” does require that Brazilian privacy and data protection law be respected if the foreign company offers services to Brazilians, even if the company does not maintain an economic presence in the South American state. The bill also includes short-term exemptions to net neutrality in the case of “emergency services” or “technical requirements.”
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