Brazil US May Opt Out Of US Internet
US Spying on Brazil May Lead the Country to Opt Out of US Internet
Brazil, South America's strongest economy, is continuing its recalcitrance over revelations that the National Security Agency took advantage of the US-centric Internet to spy on Brazil.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is now threatening to get her nation out of the current Internet model that has so many of her nation's personal data stored in the United States. For example, Brazilians who keep their information stored in Google & Yahoo have that data stored in the US. That fact allowed the NSA to spy on their information.
President Dilma Rousseff herself had her e-mail hacked by the NSA which also infiltrated the network of Petrobras (Brazilian Petroleum), South America's largest oil company. News of the spying emerged from US whistle blower Edward Snowden who is now serving a lengthy prison sentence in US Federal prison.
Additionally, Brazil may elect to withdraw from the State Dinner being hosted in Washington D.C. next month in a symbolic gesture of the nation's dissatisfaction over the spying. President Rousseff has the support of her countrymen as news of the spying rankled citizens across the country.
For now, Brazil is looking into how it may opt out of the current US-based Internet model. No immediate changes are forthcoming.