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Buying a Brazilian’s private data costs less than two cups of coffee

Out in the open, illegal website sells personal data on millions of Brazilians — and courts have been unable to get it shut down

Data Marketplace subway
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For the small fee of around USD 6, anyone can access the personal data of any Brazilian, including their individual tax ID numbers, home address, and even the names of their neighbors. This shady service is provided by the website Tudo Sobre Todos (Everything About Everyone), which has managed to avoid the not-so-long arm of the law since 2015. Now, the suspicion is that the illegal service is being used by far-right activists to provide fuel for the online hate machine manned by supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro.

The sale of personal data without consent has been illegal in...

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