The providers of cloud services have become increasingly concerned about data security and legitimate government access to personal data. To address European concerns major US suppliers, including Microsoft and Google, have established data centres in Europe. However, this strategy appears to have been negated by a decision by the US district court in New York on Friday, 1 August that will allow the US to gain access to communications data.
Stewart James is quoted in an article published by V3.co.uk relating to the US cloud ruling where he points out the economic consequences of this decision. Stewart also commented on the requirement to balance the legitimate needs of the State with the privacy concerns of the individual citizen.