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When the Cloud Goes Local: The Global Problem with Data Localization

  • Patrick Ryan
  • Sarah Falvey
  • Ronak Merchant
Computer, vol. 46, No. 12 (2013), pp. 54-59


Ongoing efforts to legally define cloud computing and regulate separate parts of the Internet are unlikely to address underlying concerns about data security and privacy. Data localization initiatives, led primarily by European countries, could actually bring the cloud to the ground and make the Internet less secure.

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