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Donald Trump Data Privacy

How much will Trump’s presidency cost the US cloud computing industry?

As we have blogged about before, President Trump has made a number of controversial moves regarding data privacy since his inauguration. Not only have these actions have served to severely dent public confidence in the US when it comes to data privacy, they have also served as a vital wake up call for businesses that store data in the US.

There are significant dangers that come from government, legislative and regulatory uncertainty when it comes to data privacy and security. The legislative environment of any country has a huge impact on the privacy and security that can be guaranteed by any data hosting company.

However, new analysis from Artmotion shows that Trump’s presidency could prove even more damaging for US cloud service providers themselves.

Of course it is still relatively early days for the Trump presidency, but our new white paper details some of the early warning signs for cloud providers in the US and looks at what they stand to lose in terms of revenue and market share.

To read the full analysis, download the whitepaper here.

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“There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America”

Earlier this month FBI Director James Comey’s declared that “there is no such thing as absolute privacy in America”. With the CIA also under pressure following the latest revelations regarding its efforts to circumvent online encryption methods, it seems that the US’s reputation on data privacy is set to fall even further.

Comey’s remarks in particular should be taken extremely seriously by anyone who cares about data security and privacy issues. He has effectively called for an end to data encryption which is a very worrying situation for businesses – and their customers – as well as private individuals. It means that anyone storing data in a US data centre has absolutely no guarantee their data is private or secure.

The US was already ranked 38th, well below most European countries and even behind Uruguay, Oman and Bahrain, in our international data risk index and these latest comments mean I would expect their rating to drop even lower. It remains to be seen how far the US government agencies will go in clamping down on data encryption, but based on Comey’s statement it does not look like they are going to relent.

Our own research conducted this month has found that over 50% of UK and US citizens feel that online data privacy is less secure since President Trump was elected. Nearly a quarter of (24%) US citizens also said they are now most fearful of their own government when it comes to online surveillance, compared to 20% that said Russia was their biggest concern and 15% that said China.

The data privacy stakes have been raised once again and it is imperative that individuals and businesses understand the impact that location can have on the privacy and security of their data.