On January 10, 2017, the European Commission released a Communication, a fact sheet, a working document and a public consultation relating to Europe’s “data economy”. The fact sheet states that “data is a new type of economic asset”, which is essential for innovation and growth. The Commission’s objective is to remove “unjustified restrictions” and “legal uncertainties” in order to facilitate data sharing and innovation.
Internet service providers, social media websites, search engines, and other online companies hosting user-generated content that do business in Brazil or collect information online from Brazilian consumers should be aware of the “Marco Civil da Internet,” or Brazilian Internet Law, that takes effect 23 June 2014. As detailed in an alert published by attorneys from the Hogan Lovells Washington, D.C., São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro offices, While Brazil still does not have a comprehensive privacy law, the Brazilian Internet Law contains privacy requirements that broadly restrict these companies from the sharing of users’ personal information, their communications, and certain online logging data. Covered companies will, however, be required to retain Web logs for a period of time and protect the user-related information they hold.