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Amazon and Google Barred From UK Government Cloud 79

Posted by Soulskill
from the us-government-disappointed dept.
judgecorp writes "Amazon and Google both applied for a role in the U.K. government's 'G-Cloud' for public services, but were rejected, a FOI request has revealed. It is most likely this was because of concerns about where data was hosted and backed up. Amazon Web Services has a dedicated cloud service for the government in the U.S., but has not been able to duplicate that in Britain."
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Amazon and Google Barred From UK Government Cloud

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @03:19AM (#42114241)

    I stopped using Google search (switch to Duck Duck Go), because I'd search for one thing (Divorce lawyer) and they'd start showing adverts for divorce lawyers to me soon to be ex wife and every other computer on my NAT. At some point, you'll draw the line and say enough, and you'll divorce them too.

    I know its not the same thing with their online office apps, but once they started down the Facebook route, you only need to look at FB and see where Google will end up.

    If UK.gov has data on UK citizens, then it cannot hand that data out to a cloud service, it's not just the fact the US helps itself to that data and thus has all sorts . There's plenty of local office tools, you don't need to be stuck with Microsoft, you can do a perfectly workable local solution at a fraction of the cost without going cloud.

    Also as long as USA is building up data on its own citizens, doesn't enforce it's privacy for its own citizens, why on earth would you give them a single byte of data willingly?

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