Cybercrime proposals risk undermining Brazil's progress towards free and open Internet
April 26, Brasilia: 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.
The Oslo Times