Massive Economic Protests as Brazil Readies for World Cup
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Massive Economic Protests as Brazil Readies for World Cup

For almost two weeks, more than 100,000 Brazilians have been in the streets of at least five cities in protests that have taken elected leaders by surprise. It's all about high living costs and inadequate public services while billions are being spent for the World Cup and the Olympics. Also, President Obama in Berlin. On Reporter's Notebook, facial recognition is the latest technology to raise questions about Americans' privacy rights. We hear about a biometric you just can't hide.

Banner image: Demonstrators march during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Belem, Para State, June 17, 2013. [The signs read, "Rebel against the increase in transportation". (R) "Sao Paulo is not alone, we're together" (C)] Photo: Paulo Santos/Reuters

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Massive Economic Protests as Brazil Readies for World Cup ()

Another wave of protests snarled traffic today in São Paulo, and federal police have been sent to five cities hosting international soccer games. It all started less than two weeks ago with protests against a 10¢ increase in bus fares in São Paulo, Brazil's biggest city. Brutal police repression was shared on social media, and protests spread to other cities, where tens of thousands have turned out in outrage over a whole range of issues, becoming Brazil's biggest upheaval since democracy replaced military dictatorship in 1985. Middle-class professionals are in the streets alongside radicals and university students, to the apparent surprise of elected leaders. We hear about political corruption, the high cost of living and huge public spending for the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games.

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Fingerprints for identifying suspects is old news.  Now the US Supreme Court says law enforcement can make databases that include DNA. Another advancing technology is raising familiar questions about the expectation of privacy. Thirty-seven states are putting drivers' license photographs into databases that use facial-recognition technology. That's according to a study by the Washington Post. We here more from reporter Craig Timberg and from Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.

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