Brazil: Judicial Over-Reach in Data Privacy Case
In response to the detention in Brazil of a Facebook executive for an alleged failure to comply with a court order, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“This arrest in Brazil is a case of serious judicial over-reach,” said Daniel Calingaert, executive vice president. “Detaining a company executive won’t help investigators to get the data they’re looking for. Even if Facebook wanted to, it can’t conjure up data it doesn’t have.”
Brazilian federal police arrested Facebook vice president Diego Dzodan after the company failed to turn over information on a WhatsApp messaging account that a judge had demanded for a drug trafficking investigation. WhatsApp, which Facebook owns, uses end-to-end encryption in its messaging service and does not store the content of users' communications.
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