Peter Fleischer writes:
Seen from a global perspective, it’s important to realize that most governments around the world are accessing user data. It’s not just one or two governments. I can’t count the number of times privacy advocates in Europe have warned users that the US government could potentially access their data in the cloud, without mentioning the risks that their own governments could do the same thing. In fact, to take the French example, the French government is trying to launch a “French cloud”, explicitly to try to evade US government surveillance, even though this taxpayer-funded initiative is based on “bad assumptions about cloud computing and the Patriot Act“, and even though France’s own anti-terrorism law “has been said to make the Patriot Act look “namby-pamby by comparison”, as reported on ZDNet. I think it’s fair to assume that most people would be far more uncomfortable with foreign governments, rather than their own governments, accessing their data. That points to one of the hardest issues in the cloud, namely, that multiple governments can (and do) have the power to demand access to user data, if they follow appropriate legal procedures.
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