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Experts Consider “Grey” Area of USA PATRIOT Act

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA & U.S.

August 27, 2012

COMPUTERWORLD reports on privacy advocates’ belief that the USA PATRIOT Act could apply to data hosted by Rackspace in Australia. “When Rackspace announced the opening of its first data center in Australia, the company emphasized that only Australian laws would apply to hosted data,” the report states, noting this prompted questions by competitors and others regarding the extra-territorial reach of the USA PATRIOT Act. “It is a very grey area,” said Information Integrity Solutions Managing Director Malcolm Crompton, CIPP/US. “Much more insight is needed into questions such as whether and how a company has a link to the U.S. before it is possible to say” how the act would apply.
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