'Marco Civil' bill becomes law in Brazil

On 23 April 2014, the Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed the Marco Civil bill (in Portuguese), following its approval by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies and, subsequently, by the Federal Senate. The bill provides a first comprehensive legislative framework for the Internet in the Brazilian jurisdiction that has been compared to an Internet bill of rights. It considers that data of Brazilians is under Brazilian jurisdiction, regardless of the location of servers where they are stored. The bill also establishes net neutrality and data protection rules.

According to a press release (in Portuguese) by the Senate, the quick approval, without amendments, was motivated by the interest that “the bill becomes law during NETmundial,” which starts on 23 April 2014 in São Paulo.
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