Where You Are Is Who You Are Even If It Is China

As someone living outside the US whose servers are hosted IN the US, I’m keenly aware of how true this is. For all the scare-mongering about China here, the US is just as worrisome. The UK is worse.


Editor’s note: Paul Rosenzweig is a senior adviser to The Chertoff Groupa global security advisory firm that advises clients on information security, including cloud computing, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Where your cloud data is stored is, increasingly, critical to determining who controls it. Though many around the globe have become concerned about data storage in the United States, there are worse alternatives. Imagine, for example, if your personal data were stored on a cloud server in China, a nation-state actor well known for conducting cyber espionage against U.S. businesses and surveillance of its own population. Soon, you will not have to imagine any longer – that will be reality.

For the past year, the world of cloud computing has been in a state of turbulence, mostly caused by the various Edward Snowden revelations about American surveillance activities. One…

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