BRICS strongly condemns US snooping

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014,20:14 IST By metrovaartha A A A

BRICS nations have strongly condemned US snooping (without naming US) on people and countries, including several world leaders, which has raised  hackles around the world.    ‘We strongly condemn acts of mass electronic  surveillance and data collection of individuals all  over the world, as well as violation of the sovereignty  of States and of human rights, in particular the right  to privacy,’Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa  said in a Joint Declaration issued after their Sixth Summit in Brazil yesterday.    Revelations by Edward Snowden that the National  Security Agency (NSA) of the US had snooped on many  world leaders and countries, including India, had  created outrage around the world.    Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA)  contractor, now lives in Russia after fleeing the US  and having revealed internet and phone surveillance  by US intelligence.    Brazil President Dilma Rousseff cancelled a scheduled  visit to the US in protest against US snooping on her  personal communications.
The Declaration said Information and Communication  Technologies (ICTs) should provide instruments to foster sustainable economic progress and social inclusion,  working together with the ICT industry, civil society  and academia to realise the ICT-related potential  opportunities and benefits for all.
It said particular attention should be given to  young people and small and medium-sized enterprises,  to promote international exchange and cooperation,  as well as fostering innovation, ICT research and  development.
The use and development of ICTs through international cooperation and universally accepted norms and principles  of international law was of paramount importance to  ensure a peaceful, secure and open digital and Internet  space, it said.