facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Brazil to create its own email system after protesting U.S. spying

Oct. 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM   |   Comments

BRASILIA, Brazil, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Brazil says it will develop its own in-house email system to strengthen privacy and avoid spying it blames on the United States.

The country will ditch Microsoft Outlook and develop its own new, custom platform, CNET reported Monday.

The move comes following revelations that communications between Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her key aides have been monitored by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Rousseff condemned NSA's spying as a breach of international law in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly last month and canceled a planned visit to Washington in protest.

"I have mandated the deployment of a secure email system throughout the federal government," Rousseff tweeted Sunday, calling it "the first step to expand privacy and inviolability of official messages."

The new system will run on a cloud platform maintained by Brazil's Federal Data Processing Service.

The Brazilian government is also reportedly considering laying a new underwater fiber optic cable directly to Europe to avoid routing the country's Internet connections through the United States.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Boeing may build NASA's space taxi Boeing may build NASA's space taxi
2
Proposed Texas textbooks teach climate change skepticism Proposed Texas textbooks teach climate change skepticism
3
Humpback whale rescued off Maine coast Humpback whale rescued off Maine coast
4
The NSA will now map out the entire Internet The NSA will now map out the entire Internet
5
Dogs are the favorite food of leopards in rural India Dogs are the favorite food of leopards in rural India
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback