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Brazil counters NSA spying with new secure email service

Oct 13 2013, 9:29pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Brazil counters NSA spying with new secure email service

In an effort to end the NSA's alleged espionage, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has ordered the Federal Data Processing Service (SERPRO) to work on a secure email service for the country's federal government.

President Rousseff's announcement follows her scathing speech at the United Nations assembly last month, where in she condemned the NSA's spying activities.

Brazil's 40th Chief of Staff has accused the U.S. agency of violating international law by spying on Brazil's citizens and industries, particularly Rousseff's official communications and the state-controlled, semi-public, Brazilian multinational energy corporation, Petrobras.

"We need more security on our messages to prevent possible espionage. This is the first step toward extending the privacy and inviolability of official posts," she said. The tough Brazilian president, the first woman to hold office, has recently put off a state visit to Washington in protest to the NSA's clandestine intelligence. 

Source: Associated Press

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