Brazil may opt out of US-centric Internet following NSA spying claims

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 16:39

Sydney: Brazil might opt out of US-centric Internet over Washington`s widespread online spying.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security.

The move comes after revelations that the US National Security Agency intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company`s network and spied on Brazilians, who entrusted their personal data to Facebook and Google.

Rousseff is so angered by the espionage that she`s considering cancelling a trip to Washington next month where she`s scheduled to be honoured with a state dinner, reports.

Though Brazil is not proposing to bar its citizens from US-based Web services, it wants their data to be stored locally as the nation wants greater control over Brazilians` Internet use to be protected from NSA snooping, the report said.

According to the report, Rousseff said she intends to push for international rules on privacy and security in hardware and software during the UN General Assembly meeting later this month.


First Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 16:39

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