The U.S.-based Business Software Alliance blasts foreign governments for establishing...

The U.S.-based Business Software Alliance blasts foreign governments for establishing data-transfer rules that prevent local companies from using cloud services, arguing such policies amount to protectionist barriers aimed at reducing the dominance of U.S. firms such as AMZN, RAX, and MSFT in the cloud services space. The EU, China, and Brazil are all seen as major offenders.

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  • tkaroutsos
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    I think one of the reasons is the Patriot Act. In Canada a lot of companies avoid uning US based cloud services and it is not that they have anything to hide from the US government; It's because they would have to explain to their customers that their data would be subject to access witout prior notification. As long as there is a Patriot Act, US based cloud companies would only be able to expand outside the US by setting up shop locally in the foreign country and assuring the foreign customers that their data would not be subject to the Patriot Act. This would be difficult because the PA can force a US based company to also provide access to their non-US based data. So a possible solution is a minority ownership in a local company or selling 51% of the set up subsidiary.
    27 Feb 2012, 01:47 AM Reply Like
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