A New Twist in International Relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause - BloombergBy now, we've heard from tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Cisco Systems that the National Security Agency's spying poses a threat to their international business and, in Cisco's case, isalready hurting it. So what does that threat look like, exactly, at ground level?Some companies are apparently so concerned about the NSA snooping on their data that they're requiring - in writing - that their technology suppliers store their data outside the U.S.
In Canada, a pharmaceutical company and government agency have now both added language to that effect to their contracts with suppliers, as did a grocery chain in the U.K., according to J.J. Thompson, chief executive officer of Rook Consulting, an Indianapolis, Indiana-based security-consulting firm. He declined to name the companies, which are using Rook to manage the segmentation and keep the data out of the U.S.
Granted the NSA started under Bush, but Obama's not only let it continue, he's fed the monster so this is now all on him.