Private telecom providers, businesses and governments are increasingly compelled to move or reinforce web operations following disclosures of the NSA’s mass internet surveillance programs made by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Brazil is set to vote on the creation of a cyber-security system to thwart National Security Agency espionage of Brazilian government systems. US surveillance led by the NSA had infiltrated the highest levels of Brazil’s administration.
The largest telecom provider in Germany, the formerly-state-run Deutsche Telekom, is seeking to keep their service in-country, out of the reach of foreign spying.
But much smaller internet companies are also feeling the need, based on customer demand and common sense, to move their servers out of the reach of the NSA and the United States’ partners in global surveillance, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK – the “Five Eyes.”
Some have interests in Russia, like the Malaysia-based finance advisory firm, Najadi & Partners, which registered its servers using the .ru domain.
‘In Russia data is protected by law’
Snowden’s leaks showed that neither .com, nor European Internet domains can be trusted if you want your data to be private and safe, the president of Najadi & Partners, Pascal Najadi, told RT.
“Once reality conquers over illusion, it’s time to wake up,” Najadi told RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky.
Najadi said that the decision to have his company’s servers moved to Moscow was driven by “logic” and “common sense,” with no direct business interest. Once Snowden’s files revealed the scale of the American and allied agencies’ data snooping, the company “decided to act accordingly.”
In Russia, one’s data is protected by law, Najadi believes. Moreover, Russia is “a protector of peace,” he said, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin “just saved the world from a serious, serious war,” referring to the diplomatic developments around the Syrian crisis.
Najadi then pointed out there is an “enormous” interest in his decision from global partners and media, adding he is “sure there will be a follow-up.”
“We’re setting a trend. We’re not into Internet business – we’re a consultancy firm, and we do not gain more business through having a .ru. Having said that, it shows our clients that we take confidentiality serious, and that is the message between the lines,” Najadi explained.
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