Cloud-Based Data Outside the U.S. Not Exempt From PATRIOT Act Spying

Bald EagleStephen C. Webster writes on The Raw Story:

In the brave new world of cloud computing, where data is stored off-site in massive server farms instead of on a user’s local hard drive, privacy and security are paramount in the consumer’s mind.

Unfortunately for privacy advocates, their concerns are essentially moot thanks to the U.S.A. Patriot Act, which a key Microsoft official said recently permits the U.S. to spy on data stored within cloud servers across the European Union.

The revelation of transcontinental spying, which has long been suspected, came from Gordon Frazer, Microsoft U.K.’s managing director, speaking at an announcement event for the company’s new suite of office software.

Frazer’s admission was caught by ZDNet reporter Zack Whittaker, who’s long covered data security issues as they relate to the Patriot Act.

For more information, see original article.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Was there anyone out there naive enough to believe that, just because its illegal, that ‘no such agency’ would just suddenly decide not to look? Doesn’t even matter which agency…the long standing tradition has been that, if they want to look, they look…and no one dares say otherwise. What’s more, most of America’s new wave of corporate espionage and counter espionage is quasi-government sanctioned, with agencies seeing to it that relevant info about foreign governments, businesses and NGOs ‘finds’ its way into the right hands to make a difference.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Was there anyone out there naive enough to believe that, just because its illegal, that ‘no such agency’ would just suddenly decide not to look? Doesn’t even matter which agency…the long standing tradition has been that, if they want to look, they look…and no one dares say otherwise. What’s more, most of America’s new wave of corporate espionage and counter espionage is quasi-government sanctioned, with agencies seeing to it that relevant info about foreign governments, businesses and NGOs ‘finds’ its way into the right hands to make a difference.

  • Guest

    Rupert Murdock?

  • Guest

    Rupert Murdock?

  • Nunzio X

    Anyone who doesn’t encrypt their sensitive data with secure passwords, and then place THAT data in yet another “container” with an equally secure password before storing it on the “cloud of shit” almost deserves the snooping they’re bound to be subject to.

  • Nunzio X

    Anyone who doesn’t encrypt their sensitive data with secure passwords, and then place THAT data in yet another “container” with an equally secure password before storing it on the “cloud of shit” almost deserves the snooping they’re bound to be subject to.