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Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations have made businesses re-evaluate the cloud

Edward Snowden's revelations concerning NSA snooping have, of course, caused a lot of shockwaves across a number of spheres in life, so it's not really a surprise to hear that the cloud arena has felt repercussions.

There have always been worries concerning the security of data in the cloud – particularly sensitive, say, financial data, as you are effectively trusting a third-party with such info when you put your data in the cloud.

But distrust has apparently deepened since Snowden's outpourings, as a survey of a thousand ICT decision makers conducted by security firm NTT Communications showed in a new report.

Almost 90 per cent of those questioned said that they were changing their cloud-buying habits due to Snowden. Of those not using the cloud, who were likely already dubious about security issues, around 60 per cent said that Snowden's spilling of secrets has stopped them from heading cloud-wards with their data.

Almost four in ten said they've changed their procurement conditions for cloud providers, and almost all respondents professed a preference for taking on a cloud service which is located in their region (97 per cent of EU respondents indicated this was the case).

More than half said that they were now being more thorough when it comes to checking over cloud suppliers before signing up with them. Len Padilla, VP of product strategy at NTT, said that businesses were now "taking a heightened interest in where their data is stored" when it comes to the cloud.

Snowden recently spoke (via video) at SXSW; see our in-depth look at Edward Snowden's rare virtual appearance.