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Facebook, Google Face Brazil Storage Mandate on Snowden Leak

Brazil’s government is threatening to force Internet service companies such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. to set up local data storage centers following allegations the U.S. probed President Dilma Rousseff’s e-mails.

Internet service companies would have to follow Brazilian privacy laws and the government may also decide to store sensitive data such as tax information within the country to protect it from foreign spies, Internet Policy Secretary Virgilio Almeida told reporters in Brasilia yesterday. He spoke after a meeting between industry representatives and Rousseff.