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Tech Industry: Non-U.S. Firms Marketing to Privacy Fears

CLOUD COMPUTING—U.S.

July 26, 2012

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday, representatives from U.S.-based technology groups warned that non-U.S. cloud computing services are attempting to exploit privacy concerns about the USA PATRIOT Act, COMPUTERWORLD reports. A representative from Rackspace testified that foreign vendors are spreading “fear, uncertainly and doubt” about U.S. privacy regulations, and a witness for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said, “Some countries are using unfair policies to intentionally disadvantage foreign competitors and grow their domestic cloud computing industry.” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) said some nations have “legitimate concerns…about the lack of standards in American law,” adding, “We have a lot of work to do in this area.”
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