On April 23, 2014, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff enacted the Marco Civil da Internet (“Marco Civil”), Brazil’s first set of Internet regulations. The Marco Civil was approved by the Brazilian Senate on April 22, 2014. President Rousseff signed the law at the NETMundial Internet Governance conference in São Paulo, a global multistakeholder event on the future of Internet governance.
As we previously reported, the Marco Civil includes requirements regarding personal data protection and net neutrality. The law also contains data protection and privacy provisions that also would apply extraterritorially to foreign online businesses that process data of Brazilian citizens. A controversial provision that would have required data to be stored locally in Brazil has been omitted in the final version of the law.