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PRISM revelations result in lost business for US cloud companies. The revelations about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) broad monitoring of traffic and access to the data of cloud providers spurred by the actions of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden may or may not have hurt national security, depending on who you ask. But according to a recent survey by the industry organization Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the exposure of NSA’s PRISM program is having a very real impact on the bottom line of US cloud service providers in the form of lost overseas customers. Concerns about NSA surveillance are hardly new. The PATRIOT Act’s “Enhanced Surveillance” provisions have raised privacy concerns about using US service providers since it was passed.

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In cloud we trust? The PRISM effect on the future of cloud-computing. The revelation that surveillance was allegedly happening in foreign countries has put the EU in a difficult position, not least for diplomatic reasons. Perhaps more interesting, though, is the number of high-profile technology companies that have understandably waded into the fray in recent weeks – claiming that the government’s activity undermines their customers’ confidence and by proxy, has taken its toll on their hard earned bottom-line. From the cloud-computing perspective, the industry consensus is that this damaged trust will cost US-based providers of hosting services tens of billions of dollars internationally. While Europe’s digital chief, Neelie Kroes has wasted no time in claiming that the PRISM scandal has presented an opportunity for Europe to become the world’s leading “trusted cloud region” – EU providers will not emerge unscathed.

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