Good for #Brazil President as she condemns #NSA spying at the #United Nations
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff decided to condemn the US spying program on her country in a speech before the United Nations. The NSA spying program on Brazil, revealed in a story for Brazilian news outlet El Globo by Glenn Greenwald, already caused President Rouseff to cancel a trip to the US and has now led to a direct attack on President Obama before the international community at the UN.
Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, has launched a blistering attack on US espionage at the UN general assembly, accusing the NSA of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and economic espionage targeted on the country’s strategic industries.
Rousseff’s angry speech was a direct challenge to President Barack Obama, who was waiting in the wings to deliver his own address to the UN general assembly, and represented the most serious diplomatic fallout to date from the revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Not only has the US spying program damaged relationships, it has caused such distrust that Rouseff and other leaders in Brazil are looking to break away from the US’ domination of the #Internet
Washington’s efforts to smooth over Brazilian outrage over NSA espionage have so far been rebuffed by Rousseff, who has proposed that Brazil build its own internet infrastructure.
“Friendly governments and societies that seek to build a true strategic partnership, as in our case, cannot allow recurring illegal actions to take place as if they were normal. They are unacceptable,” she said.
Brazil has in recent years become an economic powerhouse rising to the seventh largest economy in the world. The consequences for the NSA spying program will negatively impact the political and commercial relations between the two countries. It also moves Brazil closer to China, a key US competitor in Brazil.
Apparently spying on the world is not without cost as US businesses looking to work in Brazil will soon find out. Perhaps it is time for those Americans with international and global interests to tell the US government to back off its arrogant posture of claiming the right to spy on the world’s communications.
My thoughts from a political point of view everyone needs protection and off course we as civil society need that digital protection…everyone is being compromised in the 21st century when it comes to the digital age!!!!!
ultimately, we as innocent users of Internet and devices never truly had end point digital protection, safety or privacy rights nor do we have a right to protect our data… as we use various technology platforms and Internet ..these days anything can be intercepted in the political world. I am wondering can the United Nations truly protect us all and how on earth will it protect ALL innocent children and innocent women and especially activists fighting for their rights in their countries……..There is a need for end point solution, for our protection and safety rights.
Update: The story continues October 2013
Charges that Canada spied on Brazil unveil CSEC’s inner workings
#digitalprivacy rights ? Snowden reports of NSA Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff demanded answers after a media report alleged Canada electronically eavesdropped on the Brazilian mines and energy ministry in an act of industrial espionage. Canada is saying little In the capital city of Brasilia, Foreign Affairs Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado summoned the Canadian ambassador to “denounce the espionage” and express the “indignation of the Brazilian government.”
Machado also demanded an explanation and condemned the “serious and unacceptable violation of national sovereignty and of the rights of people and companies,” according to a statement released by the ministry after the meeting.
The criticisms surfaced after a television report Sunday night on Brazil’s Globo network said Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency targeted the ministry responsible for the nation’s mineral and energy resources.
The report was based on documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. It was co-authored by Glenn Greenwald, a Guardian reporter based in Rio de Janeiro, who first broke the stories about the NSA’s global spy program. Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) is alleged to have used software called Olympia to target the metadata of emails and telephone calls of the Mines and Energy Ministry. There’s no indication the content of that communication was accessed, but CSEC was reportedly able to identify who spoke with whom, as well as when, where and how.
Leaked documents showing that Canada’s electronic intelligence-gathering agency targeted the Brazilian government threaten to disrupt relations between the countries – and thrust the secretive CSEC into the public spotlight.
Brazil’s flagship Fantastico investigative program on the Globo television network revealed leaked documents suggesting that Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) has spied on computers and smartphones affiliated with Brazil’s mining and energy ministry in a bid to gain economic intelligence.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff demanded on Monday that Canada explain a media report that said it spied on Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, and she called on the United States and its allies to stop spying over the Internet.
A Brazilian television report said on Sunday that Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency targeted the ministry that manages the South American nation’s vast mineral and oil resources. The report was based on documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
“That is unacceptable between nations that are supposed to be partners,” Rousseff said via Twitter. “We repudiate this cyber warfare.”
The head of Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency, which is alleged to have spied on Brazil, says all foreign-intelligence gathering activities carried out by Communications Security Establishment Canada are conducted within the law laid down by this country’s Parliament.
CSEC chief John Forster was speaking for the first time since a Brazilian TV station alleged that the agency carried out economic espionage against Brazil’s government. Read more on illegal spying on Brazil Agency
Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials. The U.S. National Security Agency’s efforts to defeat encrypted Internet communications, detailed in news stories are an attack on the security of the Internet and on users’ trust in the network, some security experts are stating.
The NSA and intelligence agencies in allied countries have found ways to circumvent much of the encryption used on the Internet, according to The New York Times and other media sites.
The NSA, the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and other spy agencies have used a variety of means to defeat encryption, including supercomputers, court orders, and behind-the-scenes agreements with technology companies
Microsoft & NSA collaboration for user data
The reports, relying on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show that many tech companies are collaborating with the spy agencies to “destroy privacy,” said cryptographer and security specialist Bruce Schneier. “The fundamental fabric of the Internet has been destroyed.”
The new revelations should raise major concerns from Internet users over who they can trust, Schneier added. “I assume that all big companies are now in cahoots with the NSA, cannot be trusted, are lying to us constantly,” he says. “You cannot trust any company that makes any claims of the security of their products. Not one cloud provider, not one software provider, not one hardware manufacturer.”
Although many advocacy groups are voicing out since Edward Snowden exposed the NSA spying, many org are having global conferences discussing the issue and fighting their fight for privacy rights.. I believe Information Technology cannot solve this issue from an end point of view, when it comes to our privacy rights, there is a NEED for a solution…. my fight and advocacy has been to speak with a few technologist to support my vision a few are listening…my work since 2004 has been towards finding a solution. As innocent users of Internet and devices we need safety and tech companies must keep our data protected, this is a human rights issue and especially concerning all innocent children, women, civil society and activists globally, as we utilize the Internet and devices, AND WE SHOULD NOT BE COMPROMISED, as we utilize their digital technology tools and devices.. there is a NEED for a solution, it has surely been a long journey to be heard and be supported. Catch me @mymulticast #mymulticast – http://about.me/ashiehirji