Survey: A Quarter of British and Canadian Companies Plan to Move Data Out of U.S. Due to NSA Spying Activities

A quarter of British and Canadian technology firms surveyed say that they want their data taken out of the United States because of the NSA's unfettered spying activities. The survey was conducted by cloud provider Peer1, which has infrastructure in the U.S., Canada and Britain.

The company says that this survey shows that revelations about NSA surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden are starting to hit home for its business and its customers. The company surveyed 300 businesses in the UK and Canada and discovered that 25 percent said that they intend to move their company data out of the United States over NSA fears.

The survey also found that 4 in 5 businesses see privacy laws as the primary factor when considering where their data should be housed. Almost 70 percent said they would even sacrifice some latency in order to ensure data sovereignty. Most of those surveyed also admitted that they didn’t know enough about data protection laws.

U.S. anti-terrorism laws compel any company located there to give intelligence agencies access to customer data if they ask for it.

You can check out Peer1's survey results here.

Source: GIGA OM

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