Result of three years of debates, hearings with experts from the fields and several public consultations (the last in July of that year), the Civil Marco Internet, or Bill 2126/2011 will finally be voted on Wednesday by Congress National. A special commission will meet tomorrow to vote on the opinion of the project rapporteur, Congressman Alessandro Molon.
Readers of TB that does not resemble in July, when I made an overview of what the law is , it includes several items related to user privacy, net neutrality and how far does the responsibility of a content provider. But it also states that Internet service providers should record and keep stored the connection times and the IP used by a user to access the internet, which can be a bit daunting at first but has a noble goal – such data could be ordered by a criminal investigation, for example.
Even before the vote happens, there are already problems. According to journalist Sonia Racy, the ESP, the prosecution will suggest changes to the text before it actually turn law. According to the MP, the text brings high risk to consumer rights, children and adolescents, besides not having tough rules enough for Internet providers disclose third-party content – which makes me suspect that someone in the MP did not read the 11 pages of the project altogether, as these items are well – typed.
The vote is scheduled for tomorrow at 14:30 GMT. More details will be published on this page.
In a public letter, Google, Facebook and Free Market support project
Not surprisingly, companies that are directly (and positively) affected by the Civil Marco Internet support the bill. This is exactly what the Facebook and Google in Brazil, along with the market Free, are doing. In the open letter, the companies say that the project is “a result of very rich debate” and having a “solid framework to promote a free and balanced internet.” The letter is signed by the President of Google Brazil, Fabio Coelho, Vice President of Facebook for Latin America, Alexandre Hohagen, and the Free Market COO, Stello Tolda.
Google, Facebook and free market should specifically benefit from the aspect of the law that exempts from liability for content posted by its users – something that all the company rely heavily as part of their business plans. The letter also highlights the points of the Civil Marco Internet that typify the crimes committed on the Internet and the great possibility of national innovation through the legal protection of providers.
Read the full letter below.