Google sees nothing in storing cloud data locally

Google sees nothing in storing cloud data locally. Microsoft said last week that Europeans should be able to store their data on their own continent: they should be able to decide for themselves where their data ends up.

An anonymous Google source told The New York Times that Google sees more in a review of the United States’ espionage policy than storing data locally. With this, Google is sailing a different course than Microsoft, which indicated last week that Europeans could store their data in its Irish data center, so that the data remains within the European Union.

Earlier, a senior Google official involved with law enforcement and data security said storing data locally would create a “splinter net” breaking up the internet into small regional swathes. According to Google, data is more secure if it is stored in multiple locations.

Incidentally, the question is how useful it is to store data locally: the data is still being processed by an American company that falls under the controversial Patriot Act. Under that law, data can be claimed from companies with American ties, even if that data is not stored within the United States and the company is not even American.