Bill would allow Brazil to decree local Internet data storage

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Customers use computers at an internet cafe in Sao PauloBy Jeferson Ribeiro BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil is pushing ahead with legislation that would force global Internet companies such as Google and Facebook to keep data on Brazilian users inside the country, despite opposition from the companies and in Congress. A draft bill made public on Tuesday would grant President Dilma Rousseff decree powers to order companies to set up data centers in Brazil to store personal information on their users as a way of curbing U.S. spying. In-country data storage was proposed by Rousseff following revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency monitored her emails and phone calls, along with those of average Brazilian citizens and other foreign leaders.

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