Monday, September 29, 2003


NEW LAW REGARDING INTERNET PROVIDERS: The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro approved Law Nr. 3.644/2003 which sets forth the obligation for Internet providers established in Rio de Janeiro to provide the City Council for Teenagers and Children' Rights ("CMDCA"), once every three months, a list of all the web pages hosted by them. Violation of the rule will incur fines of R$ 5.320,50 for the first official notification to R$ 21.282,00. ISP must put a button in their web site with the following message "Pedophilia is a crime, denounce it".

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Sunday, September 28, 2003

Silenced: Censorship and Control of the Internet

PI and GreenNet Release Internet Censorship Survey
A new global study of Internet censorship in over fifty countries and regions has found that Internet restrictions, government secrecy and communications surveillance have reached an unprecedented level across the world. The twelve-month study conducted by Privacy International and the GreenNet Educational Trust has found that a sharp escalation in control of the Internet since September 2001 may have outstripped the traditional ability of the medium to repel attempts at restriction. I wrote the Argentinean section and the general report about Latin America.

Pablo Palazzi


Monday, September 22, 2003


INTERNET ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE: The Federal Government of Brazil enacted Decree No. 4.829/03 consolidating the creation of the Brazilian Internet Management Committee ("CGIbr").

The Committee's assignments are, among others, to establish guidelines related to the use and development of the Internet in Brazil, including guidelines related to the organization of the relationships between the Government and society in the registration of Domain Names, in the allocation of Internet Protocol and administration of ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain), "br", as well as to take action regarding proposals of Internet rules and proceedings. The main change brought by the Decree is the possibility of Domain Name registrations, allocation of Internet Protocol and the administration regarding First Level Domain to be performed by a public or private entity, for non-profit purposes, and not necessarily by FAPESP (São Paulo State Foundation for the Research Support).

PARLAMENTARY INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE AGAINST COUNTERFEITING: A temporary Parliamentary Investigation Committee ("CPI") against counterfeiting has been established within the National Congress to gather denunciations regarding counterfeiting practice in Brazil. The denunciations are sent to competent authorities and are handled in complete secrecy.


Friday, September 19, 2003

Data Protection registry in Argentina

The Data Protection Agency of Argentina has launched a pilot project for the new registry of private databases. The site, located at the url features a form to start registering private databases. This is only a test, so numbers, persons, method of paying and other data is only fictional. To try the system go to "ver aquí" and "nuevos usuarios". Try the form "Formulario de Inscripción FA 01".

Comments about the system should be sent to the Sub Director of Data Protection at or to the data protection agency at Director Nacional de Protección de Datos Personales - Sarmiento 329 4º anexo - C.P.: C1041AAG -Tél./Fax: (54-11) 4394-2786 (Argentina).

Monday, September 08, 2003

Spam in Brazil


On August 28, Senator Hélio Costa presented a Bill of Law against the practice of spamming in Brazil. According to this bill, companies would be able to send a spam message once and the message would disclose its subject matter and identify the sender’s name and address. This bill would prohibit companies from resending the messages without prior and express consent of the recipient. Further, the bill would allow recipients to require ISPs to block the receipt of unauthorized messages. The ISPs would have to comply with the blocking request within 24 hours of receiving the request. The bill is currently under discussion at the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Brazilian Senate.

Main source: Baker & McKenzie Ecommerce Alert, Date: 9/8/2003.-

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