Brazil’s coppers don’t know what internet freedom means

It seems that Brazil’s coppers have not received the memo about the country’s much trumpeted internet privacy law.

Due to a secret lawsuit by the judiciary against Radio Muda, the oldest independent radio station working in Brazil, Saravá’s main server was confiscated this week.

Sarava is a research group that for the past 10 years has offered gratis technological infrastructure, political thinking and autonomous and secure communication resources to research groups and social movements.

Radio Muda has had its equipment confiscated once before and Prosecuting Attorney Edilson Vitorelli Diniz Lima from the Public Prosecutor’s Office has now signed a request for the server aiming for the radio’s site data that might identify its members.

But as Sarava pointed out, the server has no record that could identify its users as part of its Privacy Policy and even if it didn’t isn’t the server seizure against the internet privacy law?

The Marco Civil Internet Bill has just passed and Brazil is basking in the attention it received for standing up to US spooks and setting up its own internet privacy meeting. Brazil is even hosting a World International Internet Meeting.

Yet it seems that while Brazil is implementing state-of-the-art legislation towards Internet privacy, freedom and security, its government is attempting to steal data, undermining the privacy of research projects and free access to information –  just like the US.

Sarava says on its site that the decision of breaking the confidentiality of its communications following the Public Prosecutor’s Office lawsuit is disproportionate.

“We demand that the police attacks against the server of Saravá Group and its users’ data be brought to an immediate halt,” the site said.

What a pity there is not an internet privacy law to protect them — like the one Brazil has… oh.