Survey results show NSA surveillance is harming U.S cloud business
The recent leaks regarding NSA’s PRISM program are harming U.S based cloud services, according to the data acquired by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) in a survey taken in late June, and earlier this month.
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) took a survey of cloud service customers from around the world, and found that 10 percent of 207 officials at non-U.S. companies have stopped business with U.S cloud services in the time period following whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks regarding the NSA’s collection of customer data from U.S ISPs and telecommunications companies. While the results of the CSA’s survey were just released, the survey itself was conducted between June 25 and July 9, soon after Snowden leaked the information.
The full survey results, which covered the U.S., Europe and Asia, indicated that more than half of 456 company representatives are less likely to use American cloud service providers due to concerns over U.S data monitoring.
In the end, only three out of ten respondents indicated that their business dealings with cloud services would not be affected by Snowden’s leaks.
While Internet buzz alone has indicated a highly emotional response to Edward Snowden’s leaks regarding NSA surveillance, statistics such as these are now demonstrating that Americans are not the only people in the world who are feeling discomfort due to the practice. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) extends the U.S government’s collection of data from U.S citizens to foreign ones using U.S Internet services.
“Ever since the PRISM scandal started in June, prospects in Europe, Middle East and Asia, are asking whether the ownership of the company is in U.S. or whether we host customer data in U.S.,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure, a Finland-based security company which has itself felt small effects from Snowden’s disclosures. “Right now, there are many customers who don’t want to buy American — or to buy from a NATO country in general,” he added.