Brazil to operate secure email next month
AFPBRASILIA--Brazil said Monday it will activate a secure email system next month to protect government communications from spying by the United States and other countries.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
President Dilma Rousseff announced the system's implementation Sunday in response to press disclosures on Washington's massive cyber spying on her country, as revealed by U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
“President Dilma Rousseff intends to make this the rule in the federal public administration,” Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo told reporters.
He added that the Federal Data Processing Service (SERPRO) is in the process of creating a new version of the system, which will probably become operational in November.
“We need more security on our messages to prevent possible espionage,” Rousseff said on Twitter Sunday.
SERPRO, which falls under Brazil's finance ministry, develops secure systems for online tax returns and also creates new passports.
“This is the first step toward extending the privacy and inviolability of official posts,” Rousseff said Sunday.
Last month, Rousseff scrapped a U.S. state visit after documents leaked by Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence contractor, revealed the extent of Washington's spying on its Brazilian ally.
She also condemned the U.S. electronic espionage during her address to the U.N. General Assembly last month.
Via Snowden's leaked documents, Brazilian daily Globo revealed that the NSA snooped on Rousseff's communications with aides and on phone calls.
It also published that the United States had gathered email data on millions of Brazilians as well as on state-run energy giant Petrobras.