The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved two cybercrime bills at once this Wednesday (7). One of them, known as “PL Azeredo” after its main sponsor Eduardo Azeredo, was introduced into the Chamber in 1999. The other is known as “Lei Dieckmann”, after actress Carolina Dieckmann, as it gained major traction after nude photos of the actress were exposed earlier this year.
Both bills now wait to be signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff.
“PL Azeredo” used to be a very complex law, but it sparked a major controversy. It was approved in the Chamber of Deputies, but its text was completely changed in the Senate. After being approved in the Senate in 2008, it returned to the Chamber. The representatives couldn’t agree on the approval of the new text, and it didn’t manage to get a passing vote.
The approved version is a mere shadow of its former self — most of its text was removed, standing as a mere complement to the approved “Dieckmann” bill. Its only major contribution is that it forces law enforcement agencies to create specialized units to fight cybercrime.
The Dieckmann bill makes computer intrusions, the “installation of vulnerabilities” and editing, obtaining or deleting information without authorization a crime — but only if the perpetrator had to “violate a security mechanism”. It also makes a crime to distribute, sell, produce or offer any computer program or device with the same objective.
Still being discussed by the Brazilian Congress is another bill that sets the responsibilities and rights of internet users and service providers, known locally as the Marco Civil da Internet. In Brazil, there’s still no law that tells ISPs to store the usage history of IP addresses that they allocate to their users, for example. This bill wants to fill that and other gaps.
The country also needs to update its copyright law for the digital age and proposals are currently in the works.