If PRISM doesn’t freak you out about cloud computing, maybe it should, says privacy expert

PRISM is a start, which this article begins with…

Gigaom

The PRISM data collection controversy should give businesses pause about adopting cloud computing, a data privacy expert told the U.K.’s House of Commons on Friday.

map of europeDuring a debate, Caspar Bowden, an independent data privacy consultant, said that the U.K. is “extremely exposed” because of the government’s close ties with the U.S. National Security Agency, according to this Techworld report. The agency gathers information (or metadata) about non-U.S. citizens from large American tech companies including Google(s goog) and Microsoft(s msft), a practice we know about because of Edward Snowden’s disclosures, although frankly the scope of NSA data collection was already tipped more than a year ago by three agency whistle blowers.

The issue was exacerbated by reports that Britain’s own Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been tapping fiber-optic cable traffic and collecting data in a program code-named Tempora for the last year and a half, according to The Guardian. 

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