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Cablegate: Brazil Telecom Operators to Cooperate with Police On

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SUBJECT: Brazil Telecom Operators To Cooperate With Police On
Internet Child Porn Cases

1. Brazilian telecommunications companies TIM (Italian
majority-owned), Oi, and Brasil Telecom signed a cooperation deal on
December 17, 2008 with the country's police authorities for quick
supply of data in the investigation of internet child pornography
cases. Representatives of the federal government including Senate
President Garibaldi Alves and Magno Malta, head of the Parliamentary
Inquiry Committee (CPI) which investigates pedophilia cases in
Brazil, also signed the document. The stated goal of this project
is to have a central location where allegations are received,
filtered and responded to in the quickest possibly fashion by law
enforcement, Internet and telecommunication companies.

2. According to the agreement, the telecom operators are obliged to
provide information about suspects in child pornography cases within
three days. If the minors involved are under life threat, the data
must be provided in 24 hours and if the risk is imminent, in two
hours.
The telecom operators will have a year to make technical adjustments
needed for the speedy supply of information to the police. The two
sides also agreed to set up a committee within 60 days to oversee
the implementation of the cooperation deal.

3. Joco de Deus Pinheiro Machado, Oi's Executive Planning Director,
told ConGen Rio that the initiative was part of Oi's corporate
social responsibility agenda. Paulo Roberto da Costa Lima, TIM's
Director for Regulatory Affairs said that the agreement would help
his company assist government authorities in a more coordinated way
rather than the current ad hoc system. Neither Machado nor Lima
forsee any technical or financial difficulties in implementing the
agreement. They acknowledged that other telecom companies operating
in Brazil (Vivo, Claro Abranet, Myspace, NET, Telefonica, Terra and
UOL) participated in the negotiations but did not speculate on their
motivations for choosing not to sign the agreement.

4. Senator Eduardo Azeredo, deputy chair of the special
congressional committee on pedophilia, told the press that some
companies have cited potential cost increases as their main
impediment to signing the agreement. Congress plans to call in
representatives from those companies to learn more about their
position. Telefonica, Claro, and Vivo are claiming that they were
not invited to the signing ceremony - something which Senator Malta
says is absolutely false.

5. This message was cleared/coordinated with Embassy Brasilia.

MARTINEZ

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