Brazil and the EU has planned to launch joint venture to curtail the US monopoly over the flow of information. 135€ million project would allow Brazil and EU to bypass US owned transatlantic fiber optics cable.
The initiative has been taken to ward off NSA spying on Brazil and European communications. The modern high capacity fiber-optic cable would extend from Lisbon, Portugal to Fortaleza, Brazil. The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, said during the joint EU – Brazil news statement that privacy is the basic ingredient of freedom. It’s our responsibilty to upheld freedom. Dilma Rousseff was NSA’s victim.
Her email were intercepted by NSA. President of the EU Council, Herman Van Rompuy, also suggested the importance of bypassing the US whilst avoiding any blatant public criticism of NSA activity. Brazil has also made it mandatory upon Facebook, Google and Twitter to store data of its citizens in the servers located within the country.
Brazil also plans to create their own secure government email infrastructure to prevent spying. However, In reality though, Brazil’s transatlantic cable plans are unlikely to be driven by the desire to protect the privacy of individuals. It is much more likely to be about developing their digital economy and protecting both government and business confidentiality.
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