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Borders in the Cloud

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Computing services in the cloud, which provide access to compute capabilities, applications, and data from nearly anywhere with an Internet connection, have made it possible for both individuals and organizations to improve the efficiency of their computing operations, reduce infrastructure costs, and enhance the accessibility and availability of services and data.

However, the growth of cybercrime, most notably large data breaches that have exposed the personal information of millions of consumers, has led some jurisdictions around the world to look to regulatory measures to help safeguard this personal data, much of which is stored in the cloud. Not surprisingly, other jurisdictions are using the current demand for increased protection of personal data as a cover for driving protectionist agendas.


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