Global Voices reported in August of this year about governments that people would not usually think are conducting surveillance on their citizens. ProXPN has responded to the report by increasing their reach to these countries to offer their anonymizing technology. People do not need to suffer online surveillance or internet restrictions with the right VPN setup.
The NSA surveillance of people around the world has alerted many governments, companies and individuals around the world. The evidence about PRISM spying and other surveillance efforts have made a lot of people curious and worried about their safety and privacy online. Some countries of Latin America in particular reacted strongly to the NSA surveillance program. After they realized that the NSA had gone after the commercial secrets of their allies and was listening in on many different communications networks in Brazil, they were appalled.
The meeting of These Latin countries called the 2013 Mercosur Summit revealed their disapproval with their statement regarding the denunciation of any interception of telecommunication data and spying activities relating to their countries. They stated that these activities violate the privacy, human and information rights that the citizens of these Latin American countries enjoy. Many other countries have also cried out against the NSA’s program as it is a breach of the privacy rights of Internet users’ personal data.
An open letter from civil rights fighters in Latin America also surfaced. The letter reminds member countries and allies of MERCOSUR that they must maintain their obligations to member country citizens and pressed for a cooperative policymaking process in the region that would protect these rights in the face of the ongoing mass surveillance activities. The group wants to help Latin American countries to strengthen their ability to protect the human rights of their citizens. They see this spying by the NSA as an opportunity to make better laws and practices. With cooperation between civilians and the governments, they believe a policy can be designed that applies to the entire region. This policy will allow them to fully develop and maximize their ability to use budding technologies while they also protect their citizens. ProXPN applauds this move and offers its services to these countries to aid them in defending their rights and liberties.
Latin American Countries at Risk from Local Surveillance
The United States has come under fire for the spying activities conducted by the NSA, but the peoples of Latin American countries are also in danger of being abuse by their respective governments. The activities in the countries of Mexico, Colombia, and Panama are good examples.
In 2012, the Mexican federal government ratified a law that allowed police to see user location information in real time, without the need for a warrant. Local police can now track the locations and movements of almost any mobile phone user in the country. The possible use of a malware program called FinFisher surfaced in June of 2013. This program can log keystrokes, copy the user’s screen, and log the microphone and camera data of computers that have been infected. This spy work was the result of the government response to the increase in violence in Mexico due to drugs during the past seven years. Many, however, still believe that legislators have not been able to balance out the immediate and genuine need to guard its citizens against harmful drug-related violence and the basic rights to privacy and due process of law that their citizens have.
Colombia is a main target of the NSA spy program because it has partnered with the US to boost its economy and also because of the security problems they faced in relation to drugs. But the country has also conducted more local electronic surveillance in the past few years. The federal government of Colombia issued a ruling in 2012 that commands that all telecommunication providers must put in backdoors to their systems so that law enforcement agencies can conduct surveillance on Colombians. In addition, ISPs were ordered to gather the location data of all their subscribers, keep that data for a period of five years, and allow access to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of investigation. News already came out in 2009 that the government of Colombia, through Colombia’s intelligence service DAS, had been illegally spying on Supreme Court justices, famous journalists, members of the clergy, human rights organizations, political candidates, their families, and other citizens. They have also developed the PUMA program, which by next year will allow them to spy on a lot of different kinds of communications. It is very much like the NSA’s PRISM program.
Panama was found in 2010 to be working on a wiretap facility called Matador. They cooperated with the United States in the operation of Matador. They were later found to also be using the malicious software program FinFisher. Other countries of Latin America like Paraguay are also known to have been helped by the US to set up spy programs. The peoples of Latin America must now become more aware of the extent to which they are being spied on and the tools that proXPN can offer to help them secure their privacy and anonymity. ProXPN supports their fight to protect browsing liberties and is dedicated to ensuring that such efforts in Latin America are not undermined. ProXPN was founded on the principal that people should be able to access the internet with peace of mind. By encrypting users data, masking users online identities and concealing their locations, the ProXPN VPN assures users that they can stay safe online.