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Concerns Around Privacy Grow as European IT Managers Report Serious Mistrust in US-Based Clouds

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More than half of organizations surveyed at the InfoSec Europe Conference do not fully trust US-based clouds, which shows the widespread effect of privacy and security concerns on cloud adoption.

According to a survey by Perspecsys, a cloud data protection firm, 62 percent of organizations believe that using a European-based cloud is easier from a regulatory and compliance perspective.

This report comes as the European Parliament has voted in favor of new safeguards on the personal data of EU citizens when it is transferred to non-EU countries. The new regulations give people more control over their data, which certainly aligns with the findings of this survey.

Though cloud adoption is widespread (80 percent of attendees use some sort of cloud applications), 47 percent of respondents believe their data is more secure in European-based versus US-based clouds.

More than half of respondents (62 percent) believe that the negativity toward US-based clouds is justified considering the reports around the NSA having visibility into data.

A recent report conducted by market research firm Vanson Bourne showed that businesses are more likely to be interested in where and how data is stored, and 31 percent of respondents are moving data to locations where businesses know it will be safe, including Europe.

There is certainly more confidence in European-based clouds and government agencies, with 59 percent of respondents reporting to not believe that European government agencies conduct practices to the same extent as the NSA.

“The common thread throughout the conversations we had at InfoSec Europe was that there are legitimate concerns around the adoption and use of US-based clouds,” David Canellos, CEO of Perspecsys said. “The data from our survey confirms that organizations are taking a serious look at their cloud policies and questioning where their regulated data will be more compliant and secure. This issue is not going away anytime soon, in fact — it’s growing.”

More companies seem to be taking security in their own hands with encryption, a similar finding to a separate report conducted by CipherCloud with attendees of the same conference. More than 55 percent of those respondents reported high value in encrypting their cloud data to protect it from potential data breaches or third-party surveillance.

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Nicole Henderson is the Editor in Chief of the WHIR, where she covers daily news and features online. She has a bachelor of journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto. You can find her on Twitter @NicoleHenderson.

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