Privacy Files: Storm Clouds

A new study from NTT Communications, a Japanese telecom, confirms earlier reports on the economic impacts of NSA spying.

Based on a survey of 1000 “IT decision-makers” from Germany, France, Hong Kong, the UK and the U.S., the study’s findings include:

  • Almost nine in 10 (88 percent) ICT decision-makers are changing their cloud-buying behavior, with over one in three (38 percent) amending their procurement conditions for cloud providers
  • ICT decision-makers now prefer buying a cloud service which is located in their own region, especially EU respondents (97 percent) and U.S. respondents (92 percent)
  • 82 percent of all ICT decision-makers globally agree with proposals by Angela Merkel for separating data networks

Here’s MORE.

And it’s not only the IT guys. What if ordinary consumers began protecting their “data?” Speaking at the Ad Week Europe conference in London, Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP, plc (a UK PR firm) warned

“People understate the importance of Snowden and NSA. “[They] underestimate the impact on consumers . . . .

“The NSA controversy has heightened awareness of [privacy and security].”

Sorrell’s company makes about $5 billion a year on data and research services. And he’s worried.

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  1. John

    This isn’t a topic that interests me, and so I don’t usually comment on such topics. But ML has now done a series of such pieces, and with a rather partisan twist I might add.

    There is nothing local or Mission-focused about this subject at all. And if topics like defense, the federal reserve, Obamacare and other national matters are not relevant here, then why is the NSA, the FBI or the CIA?

    • nutrisystem

      This topic is relevant to the Mission because many of the engineers that create the spying equipment and software live here.

      In their relentless quest for revenue growth, the usual Tech suspects may have gone too far with the spying (both direct ad-centric profiling, and indirect by allowing government backdoors).

      A growing number of customers, especially outside the States, have lost trust – and this will slowly eat away at the market share of the Silicon Valley Darlings.

  2. George

    Almost everyone in the mission stores, shares, and transacts on the cloud daily. Relevance is to be found in each of our concerns about the security of our personal information. The local implications of the trend toward insulating ourselves from unauthorized access could be profound.

    • John

      No dice, George. By that argument ML could cover any issue.

      But I’d dispute that “almost everyone” uses the cloud daily. You’re projecting. Lots of people still have little use for the internet and its related applications.

      • marcos

        Are you seriously suggesting that Mission Local adapt its editorial policy to your standards?

        • John

          No, and nor to yours.

          I am suggesting that something called “Mission Local” should stick to Local stories about the Mission and not try and save the world.

          I don’t want a story about Bolivian goat farmers nor Tasmanian sewer pipe repairs either.


        • marcos

          Did I miss the part where you “won” and got Mission Local to adopt your editorial policy? No, you lose and nobody cares what you think, nobody is going to change their practice to meet the demands of an anonymous online troll.

  3. nutrisystem

    Omnipresent surveillance/storage/analysis is paving the way for scientific totalitarianism… a world in which humans are pacified and managed like chickens at a Tyson mega-facility.

    But who cares about THAT? It would seem that what really matters is endless arguments with the troll.

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