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[liberationtech] Saravá Collective protests against data surveillance

rhatto rhatto at
Tue Apr 22 22:26:22 PDT 2014

Saravá Collective protests against data surveillance

Brazil - April 22th 2014 - We from Saravá Group are worried about
arbitrary and reckless action of the Public Prosecutor's Office. The
Office is requesting access to content we host.

Saravá is a group offering technological infrastructure and political
reflection to civil society for ten years[0].

Our main research topic is the construction of safe autonomous
communication systems respecting the privacy of our users and the
democratization of this knowledge[1].

Earlier this year, we became aware of repeated requests from the Public
Prosecutor's Office for access to our server hosted at Campinas State
University (Unicamp). The Federal Police made these requests to Unicamp
without a court order, supposedly to investigate alleged misconduct.

Despite the intervention of the Unicamp Rector to avoid a new server
seizure as occurred on the past[2], the police insistence leaves us
apprehensive about the security of the websites and mailing lists we

This week, Brazil provides an example to the world by organizing and
leading a meeting to discuss the future of internet governance[3]. But
these actions show that our country is in fact behind other nations in
the development of freedom of expression and privacy on digital media.

Ironically, the State that approves the Marco Civil Internet bill to
protect Brazilian users against police state measures is the same that
in practice does the opposite of their own policies.

We reiterate that our server is used for legitimate social activities.
There is no justification for compromising the privacy of all our users
to get specific information that is allegedly stored in our server.

A huge part of this content is, by its nature, online and publicly
available. It is unnecessary to request a copy of content that is
already supplied automatically.  Additionally, to respect to the privacy
of our users we don't record acess information of users connection.

We demand an immediate halt of this police attack against our server and
our users's data.

More than ever, it is time for the Brazilian Government to give an clear
example that it respects and protects the privacy of Internet users.

The whole world is watching.

Saravá Collective
contato AT

[0] Saravá principles:
[1] As an example, see the initiative:
[2] Seizure of Saravá server on 2008:
[3] NETmundial:

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