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Switzerland sets sights on becoming world’s data vault

AFP, ATTINGHAUSEN, Switzerland

“In other countries, all kinds of institutions have access to these data, but here you need permission from a judge. That is a great advantage compared to, for instance, the United States,” he said.

Susanne Tanner, who heads Swiss data center Greendata, said many of her company’s customers certainly think the Alpine country is a safer bet for their data.

“Swiss companies using servers abroad want to return them to Switzerland, and companies from abroad have begun evaluating Switzerland as a potential place in Europe to conduct their data management,” she said.

Fabien Jacquier, the head of Swiss IT security firm Kyos, agreed.

“Clients have become more sensitive to the issue of data protection. Several have asked us to bring their data back to Switzerland,” he said.

The electronic spying revelations have also loosened many purse strings, according to Oschwald of Mount10, who is thrilled that people have finally stopped asking why they should pay for a data storage service they could get for free from the likes of Google and Apple.

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