Brazil’s Elite Shouldn’t Get Off Easy

Mac Margolis – Bloomberg View, 11/13/2014

Some years ago, Latin America skeptics delighted in poking fun at tiny, landlocked Bolivia for maintaining a navy. “Why not?” the Bolivians retorted. “Brazil has a justice ministry.”

Luciana Tamburini is not amused. An inspector for Rio de Janeiro’s transit department, she has worked five nights a week at police checkpoints to catch drunks and scofflaw drivers. The Cariocas, as Rio natives are called, are not fans of the so-called Dry Law barricades, which snarl traffic and make innocents pay for the sins of the soused. But few would deny that a little gridlock is a small price to pay for safer streets.

Except, apparently, for Joao Carlos de Souza Correa. Three years ago Souza Correa, a Rio circuit judge, was flagged down at a roadblock where Tamburini was posted. He didn’t appear inebriated, but he was driving without a license, registration or plates.

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Brazilian Web Provider Fined $1.6 Million For Selling Browsing Data to Advertisers

Ed Taylor – Bloomberg BNA, 8/4/2014

In a first-of-its-kind enforcement action in Brazil, the Justice Ministry recently fined the country’s largest telecommunications company Oi $1.6 million for invading the privacy of subscribers to its broadband Internet service by without consent tracking their Web usage and selling the information to behavioral advertisers.

Amaury Oliva, director of the Justice Ministry’s Department of Consumer Defense and Protection (DPDC), told Bloomberg BNA July 28 that the department began to investigate Oi in 2010 based on allegations it had partnered with Phorm Inc.—a U.K.-based online advertising company—to develop a program to monitor Internet activity.

Phorm was at the heart of investigations by U.K. and European Union officials regarding the use of Phorm tracking software in trials involving the U.K. telecommunications company BT.

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Brazil angered over reports NSA spied on president

Simon Romero – The New York Times, 09/02/2013

Brazil’s government summoned the United States ambassador on Monday to respond to new revelations of American surveillance of President Dilma Rousseff and her top aides, complicating relations between the countries ahead of Ms. Rousseff’s state visit to Washington next month.

While senior Brazilian officials expressed indignation over the revelations of spying by the National Security Agency on both Ms. Rousseff and Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto — reported Sunday on the Globo television network — they stopped short of saying whether Ms. Rousseff’s visit was at risk of being called off.

“This would be an unacceptable violation to our sovereignty, involving our head of state,” José Eduardo Cardozo, Brazil’s justice minister, said in an interview. Mr. Cardozo said that Brazil had requested an explanation from Washington regarding the revelations, emphasizing that he had already proposed in meetings with American officials a legal accord regulating United States intelligence activities in Brazil.

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Brazilian court’s decision could lead to expulsion of Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti

Associated Press, 06/28/2013

A decision by Brazil’s Federal Appeals Court could lead to the expulsion of Cesare Battisti the former leftist rebel from Italy wanted in his home country for four political murders carried out in the 1970s.

The court said in a statement posted Friday on its website that it turned down Battisti’s request to overturn his Brazilian conviction for using fake immigration stamps in his passport when he entered Brazil in 2004.

The statement said that according to law, “a foreigner who resorts to fraud to enter the country can be expelled.”

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Brazilian protests resume as 50,000 mass in Sao Paulo

Raymond Colitt & Blake Schmidt – Bloomberg, 06/19/2013

Brazil is calling in additional national guard troops to boost security for an international soccer tournament after two weeks of protests against inflation and corruption rocked city centers across the country.

The troops will be deployed to Salvador, Belo Horizonte, and Brasilia to reinforce security at Confederations Cup games, the Justice Ministry said in a press release on its website. Local authorities requested extra troops after more than 200,000 people demonstrated in 12 cities on Monday, and protesters gathered today at the venue of a match between Brazil and Mexico in the north-eastern city of Fortaleza.

Following a sixth night of protests that included a 50,000-strong march on city hall in Sao Paulo, hundreds of demonstrators today occupied and burnt tires on the Anchieta highway in Sao Bernardo, a working-class suburb. In Brasilia, protesters demanding improved public transport blocked a motorway, causing traffic to back up for miles.

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Brazil to deploy national security troops against protesters

RT, 06/19/2013

The Brazilian government will deploy National Public Security Force in five cities hosting the FIFA football tournament in an effort to contain the ongoing protests across the country.

The announcement by the Brazilian Justice Ministry comes after a day of violent clashes between protesters and riot police.

The ministry decided to deploy the joint federal police force on Wednesday in response to violent rioting across the country. The troops will reportedly be tasked with mediating the conflict, rather than punishing protesters.

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