"They feel they can't comply with local privacy laws and have their data subject to Patriot Act. We allow them to encrypt their data in the cloud and they keep the encryption keys," he said.
The U.S. Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 came along in the early days of the Internet. The act did not require government investigators to obtain a search warrant for requesting access to emails and messages that are stored in online repositories.
In 2001, the Patriot Act further added to the authority of the federal government to search records under its "Library Records" provision, offering a wide range of personal material into which it could delve.
"You can argue that people shouldn't try to skirt around the Patriot Act, but they're also trying to comply with data privacy issues," Leichter said. "When some government agency requires information disclosure, most organizations I know would like to make that decision themselves and not have the cloud provider make it for them."
This article, How to keep the feds from snooping on your cloud data, was originally published at Computerworld.com.
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