Is our data safe in the Cloud?

To this question many tried to answer, but maybe we're a bit closer after yesterday discussion organized by the Open Forum Europe named "Can we determine and restrict the location of our data in the Cloud, and when do we need to?".

The main topic of this discussion was centered on data protection at service providers based in the US. In the forum there was presented this study, which claims that the European concerns about the Patriot Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) are exaggerated.

Well, I wouldn't be so sure about that, because on the other hand, independent privacy advocates, represented here by Caspar Bowden, warn that most of the safeguards apply on US citizens only, so the data from EU citizens is not really protected.

Probably that's the reason why many European companies hesitate to use cloud services outside of their home country. Will we see a positive change in legislature and a gain of trust any time soon?

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Cloud computing and companies = Industrial espionage by foolish and ignorant consent.

The word "cloud" is for once a very propriate word, talk about spreading your data by the wind, you don't even know in which country the servers are end even less who has access to it.

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