A judge ordered the suspension of Whatsapp in Brazil

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  1. osalnuga

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  2. Minimalist

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    A Brazilian judge ordered to block access to the WhatsApp messaging service for 72 hours, it is the second time in five months.
    http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/46950/laws-and-regulations/whatsapp-blocked-brazil.html
     
  3. Palancar

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    Would be curious to see how many folks subscribe to a vpn, which would get you around this block in a blink. ISP is protected because they can't see WhatsApp being used so they are in compliance too. Win, win!!
     
  4. Minimalist

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    Yes I wonder how usage of VPN was affected by this, also. I guess we will all soon need VPN to access websites and services. Probably surfing through some VPN servers placed on satellites orbiting the Earth :)
     
  5. ExtremeGamerBR

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    It is the second time this has happened here. People usually starts using Telegram instead of Whatsapp. I personally only use Telegram, despite using VPN on mobile anyway. No one here seems to mind. There is no talk about the consequences.
     
  6. mirimir

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    Right. Low-orbit with high-power WiMax :)

    But then, they could be jammed or taken out, if it came down to it.
     
  7. Minimalist

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    Brazilian judge overturns 72-hour Whatsapp suspension
    https://threatpost.com/brazilian-judge-overturns-72-hour-whatsapp-suspension
     
  8. amarildojr

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    Suspending the program is a bad idea, it affects all other users.
    A much better approach would be to implement an incremental fine, culminating in the arrest of the representative person/people of Facebook in Brazil.
     
  9. mirimir

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    There was one, but he left. So o_O
     
  10. amarildojr

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    But there should be one person, right? I think that's a law here, that for an international company to have a business in Brazil it must have a person in charge in the country.
     
  11. mirimir

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    From what I've read, they don't actually "have a business in Brazil". It's just that WhatsApp has been popular there.
     
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    They do, I guess. If they function here, and make money here, they must comply with the legal terms of this country like any other business has.

    And where hasn't it been? ;) This is a honest question as I've never used it myself since I don't have a smartphone. So I assume it's also popular in most other countries.
     
  13. mirimir

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    That's not so simple for Internet stuff. It's available everywhere, unless blocked. Laws? What are laws? ;)
     
  14. amarildojr

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    Sometimes laws are powerful and for the bad, unfortunately. If a judge wants, he/she could block the entire internet of Brazil. Obviously that's a decision that could quickly be undone by another judge (and the first judge would face legal actions for abusing his/her power), but
    it's possible that the president blocks the internet of Brazil.
     
  15. Minimalist

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    Tracking The Impact of the WhatsApp Blockage on Tor
    https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tracking-impact-whatsapp-blockage-tor
     
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