Security and privacy in cloud computing are hot topics, and everyone has a take on it. Cloud computing providers deliver their levels of security and privacy by their internal policies and procedures, but the rigidity of these policies are strongly influenced by government regulations.
If the country within which a cloud computing provider resides or is registered has lax provisions on privacy, do not expect wonders in the protection of your hosted data - especially since such lax provisions may even be created to allow government agencies to gain access to hosted data.
Forrester research felt the pulse of things by investigating the regulatory frameworks of countries throughout the world. Here is a brief of the results of this research
Country-specific regulations governing privacy and data protection vary greatly. To help you grasp this issue at a high level, Forrester created a privacy heat map that denotes the degree of legal strictness across a range of nations.
You can investigate the map here. To be very sincere, i would like my data to be either in Germany or Argentina. Oh, and USA just got a proverbial slap on the face by being classified in the same category with Colombia, Paraguay and Russian Federation.
The esteemed senators and congressmen in the USA should think hard about moving up the ladder of privacy and data protection if they don't want to be soon classified in the same category as China :)
Talkback and comments are most welcome
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