Block “Gatonets” to Protect Privacy
You might not be aware, but using secretive devices to access TV and streaming content for free can be risky. These gadgets can jeopardize your personal data security, and it’s important to know that it’s considered a crime! That’s why the Brazilian government is taking action against these so-called “gatonets.”
Are you curious about why they’re doing this and why these covert devices are problematic? Keep reading!
So, what’s the government doing to prevent these free TV and streaming devices? Well, as part of Operation 404, the Ministry of Justice has shut down more than 250 platforms that were illegally streaming content in Brazil. This is to combat piracy because these platforms are broadcasting shows and movies without the necessary permissions.
Now, here’s the scoop: if you happen to own one of those “gatonets,” it’s likely that it won’t work anymore. The name “Operation 404” is derived from the error message you see when a webpage can’t be found. The Brazilian government is carrying out this initiative with assistance from organizations that protect intellectual property, and they’ve garnered support from Peru and the United Kingdom as well.
But you might be wondering, why are these covert devices considered dangerous?
Well, these devices that capture TV signals and transmit them can compromise your privacy. They have the potential to access your images, videos, and documents on devices connected to your Wi-Fi. Additionally, since they are illegal, they don’t contribute taxes, which could otherwise support projects aimed at benefiting the people of Brazil.