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May be you need some help about the dire consequences of late adoption especially iin the technology world. Hedging your bet with regards to revolutionary technologies lke cloud computing is not helpful toany busness. We know from history that many businesses have lost significanty market share for failing to adopt new technologies. Cloud computing is not perfect as it is right now but that should not be a deterrent to adoption. It is simply the computing paradigm of the future.
That's so true but the truth is the Europeans may be are just missing out on the revolutionary impact of cloud computing.
What do you think willbe the impact on the cloud computing industry by this slow pace to embrace the Cloud by the Eurpoeans? I can understand that big cloud vendors in the U.S. will be missing out on potential customers who are based in Europe.
Kessner you are right. I am of the opinion that rushing to conclusions will not be in favour and going slowly and cautiously and weighing every move will be better option. Wait for the adoption of cloud by others and then follow their suit.
"We live in a time, unfortunately, where many European countries have strict privacy laws which provide governments with "expedited access" to Cloud data. Reding notes that, indeed, France's anti-terrorism law has been said to make the Patriot Act look "namby-pamby" by comparison.
A recent study of the laws of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States showed that it is incorrect to make the assumption that the US government has more or less access to data in the cloud than have other advanced economies
To underscore the reach of governments, an example was provided of the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA); where the BKA suspects terrorism, a computer virus is employed to infiltrate and search a Cloud provider's servers. The 'Federal Trojan' is then left in the system to continue to covertly monitor traffic.
Additionally, the German intelligence services has the right, provided by the G10 act, to monitor and record telecommunications without a court order if they are investigating serious crime, terrorism or threat against their national security"
"And Europe is reluctant to use American cloud providers due to Patriot Act privacy concerns"
Is this trend (i.e. Germany slow to embrace the cloud) true for all of Europe? I would like to think that smaller European nations may not be too critical of Patriot Act an as such may be willing to use more American Cloud vendors.
In addition,most European countries,notably France have adopted lawas that will make the Patriot Act looks so better. The bottom line is that where the data lives with regard to physical location of the cloud, service provider, or its facilities does not limit the government's access.
".every single country that we examined vests authority in the government to require a Cloud service provider to disclose customer data in a range of situations. Moreover, some governments permit invasive investigatory measures of Cloud providers when the investigation concerns national security".
So Eurpoeans should not use the Patriot Act as as excuse for lagging behind in cloud computing.
Germany is not as bad as South Africa, Indonesia, Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam which all ranked in the bottom of the BSA standings, but when you think about the long-term implications of their infrastructure and broadband access in small rural parts the outlook don't look so rosey.
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