Monday, November 06, 2006

The Proposal to Control Net Access

Senator Eduardo Azeredo (PSDB-MG) is the responsible for a bill that will end with Internet privacy and anonymity altogether. This bill, if passed into law, will require every ISP to store each connection performed by a user for at least 3 years.

If approved, it will be a crime, punishable with up to 4 years of jail time, to disseminate virus or trojans, unauthorizedly access data banks or networks and send e-mail, join chat, write a blog or download content anonymously. The bill states that every user must fully identify herself before using the Net, with full name, current address, phone number and the equivalent of the Social Security Number. To access the Net without providing this information, or to give false information, will also be a crime.

Senator Eduardo Azeredo wants to legally recommend every Internet user to buy the government approved certificate, and use it on every connection to the Net.

Now that's what you call a democracy.

The Senator can argue as much as he want on how this measure is going to stop cybercrime. But what does it look like to people that want to blog against the government? That's censorship by fear.

What about our right to privacy? I don't want my ISP spying on me and linking the data I access with my personal information. They already have this ability, but it's a much reduced one because they don't have all of my personal information. And some ISP's employees may be stalkers and murderers that now will have FULL INFORMATION on how to reach me.

Also it won't stop cybercrime. It'll just make it evolve. Most hardcore cybercriminals already employ different anonymization techniques.

There are some critics against this bill, mostly from ISPs and lawyers, that argue that it's going to put too much burden on the user, slow Internet adoption and ruin privacy for the regular user, while bringing only small benefit on the war against cybercrime.

Hopefully they will be able to lobby some sense into Senator Eduardo Azeredo. If this unfortunate bill gets the green light, please start learning how to surf anonymously using TOR or similar tool.

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21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This senator is a n00b. He does not deserve the breath in his lungs.

11/06/2006 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, being Brazilian, I do agree with you 100%. This is censorship if it were true.

The article in portugues does NOT mention requiring identification, phone number or anything like that (hey how do your ISP bills you?). It only states that the ISPs are going to be required to keep connection logs for up to 3 years, something that the US requires for some time now.

11/06/2006 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

update. it really does. I didn't pay the correct attention. :-(

11/06/2006 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Almost ashamed to admit that I grew up in Brazil-we are the "free, do anything you want" people! WTF is he thinking?

11/06/2006 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a brazilian and I work for the government...so from the way things work here there is nothing to fear. We cannot even make laws against pedofilia or underage drinking to catch on. As our brilliant president Lula once said, there are laws that catch on and others that don´t. Plus congress takes centuries to get anything approved since they work very... I mean VERY flexible hours and only from tuesday thru thursday...and they prefer approving laws that brings them financial benefit. Mr. Azeredo for example is involved in a major corruption scandal.

11/06/2006 05:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, as I can post anonymously yet, I can say that, there is yet enought dumb people to vote for PSDB (José Serra and Geraldo Alckmin) and worse, PFL the most corrupt party in Brazil.

11/06/2006 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The senator does not know technology. He's an ignoramus...

The law might make me guilty from the very moment I had a net account - I would have disprove if someone (a criminal) personified me. How ???

With the present technology that would be next to impossible ! Current software systems are enormously complex and flawed. This trend will continue, of course.

Since criminals will have to get access to the net, they will just add an "extra" harm to their crimes using other people's ids, except of course they are just as stupid as the Senator

11/06/2006 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger Jorge said...

"Well, as I can post anonymously yet, I can say that, there is yet enought dumb people to vote for PSDB (José Serra and Geraldo Alckmin) and worse, PFL the most corrupt party in Brazil."
PFL the most corrupt party?
Have you watched the news lately?

11/06/2006 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jorge said...

"As our brilliant president Lula once
said"
WOW...
I think the word "brilliant" does not mean what you think it means.

11/06/2006 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Herbert said...

Ha... I want to see ISPs store 3 years of P2P's connection history. I want to see some government employee audit this logs looking for some problem.

11/07/2006 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jorge, I was being sarcastic when I said "brilliant president". The guy is an idiot. How can the president of a country say that some laws catch on and others don´t?

11/07/2006 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has been some serious attempts by brazilian polititians in the last years to 'discipline' the media, the internet. Curiously enough, there has never been so much talk about corruption.

11/07/2006 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"PFL the most corrupt party?
Have you watched the news lately?"

Dear Jorge,
They are better than PT to hide their actions, and are smarter than anyother. But they still the most corrupt party in Brazil if do you look their background. Almost EVERY member has commited crimes. To name a few, Just go to this site http://perfil.transparencia.org.br/ and compare the PFL members wich anyother party. They are all criminals.

11/07/2006 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jorge said...

"They are better than PT to hide their actions, and are smarter than anyother."
It's foolish to think like that. This kind of thinking led to Maluf, Collor and Lula to be elected. We have proof that they are thieves, but people think "hey, every politician is a thief, but some hide their actions", and "he steals, but he gives results" ("rouba mas faz"), and the corrupt are elected.

An analogy: if I find out that the babysitter of my child is using drugs, I will fire her/him. It's possible that the next babysitter I'll hire uses drugs too. It is even possible that everyone use drugs, but most people hide it. But this is all conjecture. Since I know for sure that the current babysitter uses drugs, I'll fire her/him. The next babysitter has at least a chance of not using drugs, while the current one is for sure a drug addict.

It is the same with politics: since I know for sure that Maluf and Lula are corrupt, they won't have my vote. It is possible that the other politicians are corrupt too, but since I know for sure that Maluf and Lula are thieves, they won't have my vote.

Ironically, 4 years ago the “petistas” (supportes of PT, Lula's party) were the greatest critics of the “malufistas” (people who vote for Maluf, a politician who is known to be corrupt, and justified their votes by saying “he is corrupt, but so what? Everyone is corrupt. But he gives results” (“Todo mundo rouba, e o Maluf rouba mas faz”)). The “petistas” used to say that “malufistas” were ignorant. Now, the petistas are the ones saying “todo mundo rouba, o PT rouba mas faz”...

Sweet irony....

11/07/2006 04:44:00 PM  
Blogger Marco Aurélio said...

the bill realy says that we'll gonna have to identify ourselves with address, fone, id and other doc's to connect and use the internet, although keeping connection data for some years has already been performed by ISPs. When they (politicians) have nothing to do, in Brazil, thats the way they do, some dumb law to simulate they're working.

11/14/2006 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous lon987 said...

This senator is on crack cocaine!

4/13/2007 08:57:00 AM  
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Blogger Mr. Mandelbrot said...

"This senator is on crack cocaine!"

No he isn't, the governor of our state is.

Fortunately, he's being ridicularized by that and this proposal was sort of forgotten. Let's just hope that it doesn't get approved while nobody is watching.

ISP's actually can have all the data they want to use to anything if they wish, the problem would be where to store that data. It would be like a giant "cache". They probably have big logs already, but with basic info only and not with what you type in every comment you make or every e-mail you send - although technically it's not hard to do.

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