Brazilian Government Finds NSA Solution
The South American nation doesn’t have the political clout necessary to stop NSA’s alleged snooping once and for all, so it’s building its own NSA-proof future.
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff hasn’t wavered after expressing disdain for PRISM and America’s “out-of-control” spy network. She has all the reason to be irked, of course, after a series of Edward Snowden leaks revealed that the NSA had hacked Brazil’s email and phone records, spied on the financial secrets of its state-run oil company Petrobas, and had eavesdropped on her.
Rousseff ordered a division of her Finance Ministry, the Federal Data Processing Service or SERPO, to develop an email system to protect the nation’s governmental communications. In unison with the creation of this system, SERPO will also develop a public version of the NSA-proof initiative for Brazilian citizens.
In a move that might spark a worldwide trend, the email system is just one of many steps Brazil is taking to rid itself of U.S. control of communications. In addition, it will construct its own fiber optic network, linking the country directly to Europe. Also, one of its telecommunications firms has been charged with launching a communications satellite into orbit to help bypass any reliance on American technology. Lastly, Rousseff has pressured the U.N. to implement international rules that would curb similar spying programs in the future.
Brazil is intent on breaking the choke-hold the U.S. has over 21st Century connectivity. Can you blame them?
Because of its obsession to stick its nose where it doesn’t belong, the NSA might soon find itself cut off from the rest of the world’s goings-on. And, as countries like Brazil start to distance themselves from American-made undersea internet cables and software, they might start to clearly see a world where the U.S. no longer meddles in everyone’s business — illegally, at that.
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