Facebook's Latin America Vice-President Arrested in BrazilAdded: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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According to the law enforcement authorities in São Paulo, they have detained the regional Facebook’s vice-president, Diego Dzodan, for failing to provide data requested by them. Dzodan was taken into custody at the airport a few days ago and is currently being questioned about WhatsApp’s non-compliance with a court order.
The Brazil authorities claim that WhatsApp had been ordered to reveal messages relating to a suspected drug-trafficking ring, but Facebook (the parent company) denied 3 related requests by federal police. This move resulted in a daily fine on Facebook of about $12,500, then a daily penalty of $250,000, and finally ordered the arrest. In respond, the social media giant called the police action “extreme and disproportionate”.
First of all, Facebook pointed out that WhatsApp, which was acquired by the company 2 years ago and has no employees in Brazil, operates independently. In other words, Diego Dzodan should not be held responsible for its non-compliance. In addition, the WhatsApp messaging service cannot store content, because users at either end encrypt it. In other words, WhatsApp simply didn’t have the requested information. This approach to data storage differs from the data found on Facebook, which is archived and can be provided on a case-by-case basis upon the request of the law enforcement authorities.
Brazil industry watchers point out that it is not the first controversy about WhatsApp – the service that has been the most popular download in the country over the past couple years and accounts for about 100 million local users. For example, there was a controversial case in December 2015, where a local court ordered local ISPs to block WhatsApp for 2 days for the same reason (non-compliance with the court orders).
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