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When it comes to data, location matters. That's according to an E-Commerce Times report on the growing popularity of cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS). Customers are bringing the "location of data" question "back to the table," said one executive. Gartner VP Jay Heiser added that such models are increasing risk factors. "If you don't know where your data is, you have very little basis for understanding the risks associated with it, including availability," Heiser said. In addition, a "sticking point" for a growing number of organizations is the USA Patriot Act, according to the report, which asserts "There is increasing concern that the practice may be in direct conflict with national privacy laws outside the U.S."
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