Brazil’s president condemns NSA spying

Brazilian President Rousseff delivered the appropriate rebuke:

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday delivered a stinging rebuke of electronic espionage by the National Security Agency, telling a gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly that American eavesdropping constitutes “a breach of international law and an affront” to Brazil’s sovereignty.

While proposing an inappropriate solution:

America’s spying efforts pose a threat to democracy throughout the world, Rousseff said, as she proposed U.N. regulation of cyberspace to ensure the integrity of the Internet.

That’s a great idea, Dilma: give a supranational organization the authority to control the primary global communications infrastructure. That ought to have nooooo impact at all on Brazilian sovereignty.

The fact that American “security services” companies have been collaborating with the NSA to provide back doors to encryption algorithms, among other things, make those very companies vulnerable in the marketplace. The entire industry, or at least the portion in the US, could be tainted for years to come. If Rouseff is smart (which can’t be assumed; after all, she’s a politician), she should encourage non-US companies to engage in this space. Being outside of the reach of the NSA could become a competitive advantage.

As for whether she’ll seek out this path, I’m not exactly holding my breath.

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