RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's president has asked congress to urgently take up a so-called "internet constitution" that could force foreign technology companies to store data of Brazilian users on servers within the country.
That's after several reports about the National Security Agency's spy program that has aggressively focused on Brazil and Internet traffic in Latin America's biggest nation.
President Dilma Rousseff met earlier this week with the bill's author, Deputy Alessandro Molon.
A spokesman for the legislator said Thursday that Rousseff asked Molon to include language specifically ordering foreign companies like Facebook and Google to keep all data on Brazilian users on servers housed in Brazil.
The Internet bill has been before Brazil's lower house since 2011. Under Brazilian law, with the president's request, the bill must be voted on within 45 days.
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