The NSA’s shenanigans are having a very real effect on businesses’ data storage decisions, according to Canadian cloud and hosting provider Peer1.
The company surveyed 300 businesses in the UK and Canada and discovered that 25 percent intended to move their company data out of the United States over NSA fears. U.S. laws compel any company located there to give intelligence agencies access to customer data if they ask for it.
The survey also found that 4 in 5 businesses see privacy laws as the primary factor when considering where to put their data. Almost 70 percent said they would sacrifice some latency in order to ensure data sovereignty, but most respondents admitted they didn’t know enough about data protection laws.
Peer1 itself has infrastructure in the U.S., Canada and Britain, which may explain the focus of the survey.
These results fit in with rather vague reports late last year of British and Canadian companies demanding that prospective cloud suppliers promise in writing that none of their data would be stored in the U.S.
That said, the security benefits of moving data out of the U.S. are up for debate – the UK and Canada are both part of the U.S.-led “Five Eyes” espionage pact, whose members almost certainly spy on one another’s citizens in order to bypass local privacy laws.