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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    Longjocks says:

    Our university will not use online services hosted in the US. The NSA stuff hasn't been a trigger for this, but US law has been terrible re privacy for a long time now. One of our top concerns is that our student data is kept private and we simply can't guarantee that with companies operating under US law.

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    Sora-Chan says:

    You're pretty much right that it won't stop the NSA, however, this is more of a PR move to put their citizens' minds at ease with their privacy.

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    prh99 says:

    Apparently the NSA doesn't ask they just hack in and do whatever they want. I don't think moving data is going to protect them, especially when the British and Canadian NSA equivalents are wholly complicit in facilitating the NSA's surveillance in exchanged for shared data and resources.

    As a form of protest it's great. What better way to get congress to listen than get some multi-billion dollar companies mad about the NSA. Nothing like lobbyist dollars and soft money campaign contributions (corrupt a**holes).

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