Rio de Janeiro, July 24 IANS | 3 months ago

Brazilian telecommunications giant Oi has been fined 3.5 million reais (USD 1.59 million) for violating its users' privacy, authorities said.

The Consumer Protection and Defence Department (DPDC) fined the fixed and wireless telephony and broadband internet company after determining that its customers' browsing data had been sold, the justice ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

The fine was imposed after a DPDC investigation into an agreement between Oi, Brazil's largest telecommunications company, and British firm Phorm.

That accord provided for the development of a software programme called Navegador that registers customers' data traffic and creates a profile of internet users that Oi could then sell.

"The company, under the pretext of improving the browsing experience, hid from customers essential information about the service and its implications for privacy and the safety of their personal data," DPDC director Amaury Oliva was quoted as saying in the ministry statement.

"At no time were customers told that their browsing would be monitored by the company and that their profile would be sold to advertising companies," he added.

The amount of the fine was determined taking into account the criteria set forth in the Consumer Defence Code, the economic benefit received, the company's condition and the seriousness of the offence, the justice ministry said.

The proceeds from the fine will be deposited in a fund for reinvestment in actions to preserve the environment and public heritage assets and bolster consumer protection, the statement said.

(Posted on 24-07-2014)

Share This Page:

Post your comments

Information on States of India:

Andaman Nicobar | Andhra Pradesh | Arunachal Pradesh | Assam | Bihar | Chandigarh | Chhattisgarh | Dadar Nagar Haveli | Daman Diu | Delhi | Goa | Gujarat | Haryana | Himachal Pradesh | Jammu Kashmir | Jharkhand | Karnataka | Kerala | Lakshadweep | Madhya Pradesh | Maharashtra | Manipur | Meghalaya | Mizoram | Nagaland | Orissa | Pondicherry | Punjab | Rajasthan | Sikkim | Tamil Nadu | Tripura | Uttar Pradesh | Uttaranchal | West Bengal


Andhra Pradesh Travel Map | Bihar Travel Map | Goa Travel Map | Gujarat Travel Map | Haryana Travel Map | Himachal Pradesh Map | Karnataka Travel Map | Kerala Travel Map | Maharashtra Travel Map | Punjab Travel Map | Rajasthan Travel Map | Sikkim Travel Map | Tamil Nadu Travel Map | Uttar Pradesh Travel Map | West Bengal Travel Map |


Alappuzha | Ernakulam | Idukki | Kannur | Kasaragod | Kollam | Kottayam | Kozhikode | Malappuram | Palakkad | Pathanamthitta | Thiruvananthapuram | Thrissur | Wayanad |


Airports of India | Districts of India | India Pilgrim Centers | Tourism Map of India | National Highways in India | India Railway Routes |


Ahmadabad | Bangalore | Chennai | Coimbatore | Delhi | Hyderabad/Secunderabad | Kochi | Kolkata | Mumbai | Pondicherry | Pune | Surat |