Edward Snowden left the country with enormous amount of secrets that were collected by the US government and now residing in Russia on a temporary asylum. The leaks of National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance and its tactics by one time contract worker, Edward Snowden has created big concerns over data collection by services such as Google and Facebook. As a result some countries including Germany, Brazil and France are requesting that data to be stored locally instead of central data banks in order to prevent espionage.
Data services providers argue that storing data locally creates inefficiencies, increase cost, threaten innovation and data security, and slowdown economic growth. It even threatens the basics of the Internet which was built on. They also argue that storing data will not deter spying by governments. Additionally, all US companies are still will be subject to government requests for handing over collected data. However, the idea could promote more local employment. The immediate impacts of Snowden’s leaks are seen by many businesses that deal with data security, collection and analysis. The controversy will dominate the Internet for years to come. Meanwhile, governments will find new ways to collect data from the Internet in order to effectively handle espionage and security threats.