US beats Australia in data-protection laws: Microsoft

13 September 2012:   ZDNet reports that data-protection laws are better in the US than in Australia, and concerns around data sovereignty in the cloud are unwarranted, according to Microsoft technical evangelist Rocky Heckman.

He was speaking at Microsoft’s TechEd conference in the Gold Coast.

Data sovereignty is still a big hurdle for public cloud adoption by businesses and governments.  Many Australian organisations still prefer to host their data locally so that they don’t fall under the seemingly invasive data jurisdictions of other countries, with the US Patriot Act being the prime example.

Heckman said that Microsoft receives a lot of questions in Australia about data sovereignty and how that plays into the vendor’s Azure public cloud service.

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