"The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause"

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Fri, Dec 27th, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Bloomberg's technology section, Jordan Robertson reports that as a result of the Snowden revelations, foreign companies are so concerned with 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.

Thompson said the language began appearing in contracts over the past couple weeks, and could be an early indicator of things to come as businesses adapt to a landscape altered by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaks.

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