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Cybercrime proposals risk undermining Brazil's progress in securing free and open Internet

Brazil's National Congress
Brazil's National Congress

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The following in an excerpt of a CPJ blog post by Alexandra Ellerbeck, CPJ Americas Research Associate:

Two years ago, Brazil passed Marco Civil da Internet, a landmark piece of Internet civil rights legislation that made the country an international reference in digital rights. But its legacy is under threat from a cybercrime proposal that could radically change key aspects of the framework and threaten free speech online.

A report released last month by a parliamentary inquiry commission set up in July 2015 to investigate legal responses to cybercrime has proposed seven bills in its latest draft, including allowing police to access IP addresses without a judicial order and authorizing courts to block applications or websites that do not comply with Brazilian law.

Read the full post on CPJ's site.

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