Bank of England CIO Peter Finch issued a misinformed warning in a recent article, telling companies that if your cloud provider is an “American company, it is likely that your data and processing is now subject to the American Patriot Act. And, if it is integrated to your infrastructure, it is likely that all your services are subject to the Patriot Act.” Such advice not only misinterprets and misrepresents US law, it misleadingly implies that US cloud providers are somehow both unable and unwilling to protect the data entrusted with them by their customers from US law enforcement agencies.
Today is a special day. After months of hard work, the SharePoint team at Rackspace is finally ready to flip the switch on our new Per-User SharePoint online offering and make it available to all. This new offering will take the Fanatical Support® that only Rackspace brings to the SharePoint table and, through a cost-effective pricing structure, make it available to countless new businesses.
The NSA’s PRISM data collection programs and resulting probes have ignited serious concerns around government surveillance and privacy, and have citizens, foreign governments, journalists and members of Congress questioning what’s being tracked and why.
The National Security Agency and its PRISM initiative have prompted many Internet users to question when the government can see their data, and under what circumstances. We think this is a good time to reiterate how Rackspace handles customer data.
Since the news broke about the so-called PRISM surveillance and data collection program run by the NSA, we’ve received a lot of questions regarding whether Internet companies can be forced by the government to access and disclose data that is stored by customers in the cloud or in dedicated environments.