Brazil Nixes Data Localization Mandate From Internet Bill

By Allison Grande (March 20, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT) -- Brazilian lawmakers on Tuesday agreed to strip a controversial provision from proposed Internet regulation legislation that would have required multinational service providers such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. to store locally the data that they collect from Brazilians.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Brazilian Parliament reported that members had reached an agreement the previous evening to remove from an Internet regulation bill called Marco Civil a recently added requirement for companies to keep within the country any data pertaining to Brazilian users.

Lawmakers tacked the provision onto the proposed Internet governance law shortly after former government contractor Edward Snowden...

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