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Officials Defend Commitment to Privacy in the Cloud

CLOUD COMPUTING—U.S.

January 20, 2012

Senior U.S. officials spoke to reporters on Wednesday seeking to allay fears surrounding the protection of data held in cloud data centers. Network World reports that Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz underscored the Justice Department's "core belief in the importance of protecting citizens from government intrusion," saying that protections provided under U.S. regulations are equal to those in Europe. Swartz highlighted longstanding cooperation between the U.S. and Europe on computer security issues, saying the USA PATRIOT Act has not fundamentally changed how the government approaches "the issues of stored data," but European concerns over government access under the act continue.
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