The NSA's Bluffdale, Utah, data center under construction in Nov. 2011. (Photo: NSA) Late last week, as revelations about the National Security Agency'
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Late last week, as revelations about the National Security Agency’s telephone and internet data gathering programs splashed across the news, attorney Michael Overly heard from one of his clients, a consumer product company that had been looking at moving email systems to a cloud service provider. They’d decided to put their cloud project on hold.
“They are simply concerned about their data being accessed by a third party without their knowledge or consent,” says Overly, a partner in the information technology practice at the Los Angeles firm Foley & Lardner. “They have all kinds of things that they’re working on, and they don’t want that information used unless they understand who’s using it.”
Overly couldn’t name the company, but their issue was with a top-secret NSA project called Prism. Over the weekend, the Guardian produced a NSA document claiming that $20 million Prism program gave the government direct access to systems at nine technology companies — including Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Those companies maintain that the government has no direct access to their systems.