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Brazil’s Plans For A $250 Million Spy-Proof Underwater Cable To Europe

Dilma Rousseff giving a press conference last year. (Photo: Jonas Pereira/Flickr)

Brazil has outlined plans for a $250 million underwater cable to Europe, intended to make it harder for the U.S. to spy on them, according to Bloomberg.

The cable, for phone and Internet communications, could be operational by 2017, and Google and Facebook have “shown an interest” in using it, too, Brazil’s Communications Minister Andre Figueiredo said on Tuesday.

It was revealed in 2013 as part of information disclosed by Edward Snowden that the U.S. had been monitoring the communications of numerous foreign leaders, including Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil. In a speech, Rousseff later called the surveillance a “breach of international law.”

The new cable, which will stretch for 3,660 miles, from Brazil to Portugal, is meant to help Brazil avoid such breaches in the future, as well as strengthen business ties with Europe.