Bluejeans - 10:59 am on Jun 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
This should be a front page discussion as the implications for webmasters are huge. As matters now stand, a huge chunk of communication by and among foreigners pass through Silicon Valley and are susceptible to data mining and outright espionage. That is simply not sustainable and probably falls afoul of EU privacy regulations. The EU can and should look into limiting access of the companies to EU citizens until privacy protections are put in place. It is also a colossal business opening for anyone wishing to build a search engine, operating system and social network headquartered out of the US and safe from NSA spying. As the business model of Silicon Valley is based on data mining for commercial purposes, any change in people's willingness to use their products will inevitable entail a massive hit to their bottom lines. I don't see people heading for the exits right away as we've become accustomed to the convenience of our tools, but there may well be a certain unease in downloading that latest cool app or checking into myriad social networking sites from our tracking devices.