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Microsoft: Riley v. California ruling will advance cloud privacy

Microsoft: 'The Riley v. California ruling is a historic victory for privacy defenders'

A recent landmark US Supreme Court ruling on the legality of searching a mobile phone without a warrant is a ‘historical moment’ for defenders of privacy rights according to Microsoft general counsel & executive vice president, legal & corporate affairs Brad Smith.

NSA revelations prompt Canadian, UK businesses to reconsider US cloud

NSA surveillance activities are causing a quarter of UK businesses, one in three Canadian businesses to consider moving off of US servers

As revelations of the US’s widespread digital intelligence gathering techniques continue to populate headlines worldwide, non-US businesses’ trust in American providers of cloud services continues to plummet. A study published at the end of last week suggests one in four Canadian and UK businesses are moving their data outside the US in a bid to evade the NSA’s watchful eye, a significant increase on results reported just six months ago.

Cloud firms discuss NSA spying, healthcare.gov with Obama

President Obama and senior government officials met with executives from leading cloud and tech firms to discuss a range of topics; NSA spying was top of mind

US President Barack Obama met with executives from some of America’s largest cloud and IT service providers to discuss the government’s surveillance activities and its troubled healthcare.gov site Tuesday. The move came a day after a US Federal Court judged said in a ruling that the NSA’s mass surveillance activities are “likely unconstitutional.”

Google ‘outraged’ over NSA datacentre hack

A leaked NSA slide detailing the "Google Cloud Exploitation"

According to National Security Agency documents recently leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the US intelligence agency has hacked the main communications links between the public internet and Google and Yahoo’s datacentres globally. Google is ‘outraged’ by the reports, saying it underscores the need for urgent reform.

Secure cloud email service closes; warns against hosting data in US

Edward Snowden used Lavabit

US-based encrypted email service Lavabit has shut up shop in the wake of the PRISM scandal, with its founder warning against trusting data to any company with physical ties to the US.

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