Internet Bill Approved in Brazil

A bill protecting the rights and freedom on the web has been approved by Brazil's Chamber of Deputies. The bill of rights will protect freedom of expression, web neutrality and the right to privacy.

Before it can be put into law however, the bill must be approved in the Brazilian Senate.

The bill, dubbed the 'Marco Civil bill', guarantees freedom of expression online and better protection, as well as limiting central control of the internet.

Reports say the bill protects the most important clause in net neutrality. This would, in turn, require internet service providers to treat all data equally, and not set higher or lower speeds for different internet content or services.

On the eve of the World Wide Web's 25th anniversary, the inventor Sir Tim Berners Lee said the Marco Civil bill was the "best possible birthday gift."

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