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New Transatlantic cables will bypass USA to avoid NSA spying, says EU and Brazil

Tuesday, 1st April 2014
There are new plans to lay a modern high capacity fibre-optic cable from Lisbon, Portugal to Fortaleza, Brazil.
The jointly funded, €135 million project will enable Brazil and the EU to bypass US-owned transatlantic cables.

 The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, said during the joint EU - Brazil news statement:
"We have to respect privacy, human rights and the sovereignty of nations. We don't want businesses to be spied upon.
The internet is one of the best things man has ever invented. So we agreed for the need to guarantee the neutrality of the network, a democratic area where we can protect freedom of expression."

i3 Africa also announced plans on building a cable of 34,000 kilometers, at €1 billion-plus during early 2012, with planned landing points in Miami (US), Fortaleza (Brazil), Cape Town (South Africa), Mauritius, Chennai (India), Singapore, Shantou (China) and Vladivostok (Russia).
Specifically, using non-USA cable routing will bypass the NSA's "Upstream" project, where in 2011 the telecom operators on the US side of the transatlantic cables helped PRISM intercept possibly 25 million internet communications.