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Brazil delays vote on anti-spying Internet bill -lawmaker

05
Dec
2013

A vote on a bill that would force Internet giants like Google and Facebook to keep Brazilians information inside the country will be delayed until next year over disagreements about its content, a senior lawmaker told Reuters on Wednesday. The bill would give President Dilma Rousseff powers to order Internet companies to store users data in local servers, a move seen as response to allegations that the United States spied on her communications and that of thousands of regular Brazilians. The delay is a temporary relief for Google and Facebook, which oppose a requirement they say would increase costs and erect unnecessary barriers in one of the worlds largest Internet markets. The postponement of the vote stems from disagreements among government allies in Congress over the requirement and a neutrality clause that bars telecom companies from charging different rates for Internet speed.

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