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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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4 responses to “German Clouds… And No, That’s Not a Joke”

  1. Robert Cathey

    It’s rapidly becoming a bigger issue than security. And the public relations problems associated with data custody and multi-jurisdictional issues haven’t even bloomed yet.

    Next up: search warrant and seizure issues.

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  4. Justen

    This isn’t just about differing civil and criminal law, either. Non-US firms are justifiably concerned about US intelligence agencies abusing their power to aid US economic interests, given the historical track record. Even if you can trust Amazon, can you trust the CIA and NSA not to use their power to steal your data and sell it to a direct US competitor? The answer, unfortunately, appears to be no (and this holds true for Big Brother regimes around the world).