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Why Are Apple, Amazon Data Center Jobs Going To Europe? Blame The NSA

Originally posted in International Business Times by 

NSA building

Broken antenna covers of a former National Security Agency, or NSA, listening station are seen on Berlin’s Teufelsberg (“Devil’s Mountain” in German). Reuters

Add this to the fallout from the National Security Agency spying scandal: U.S. technology companies are building some of their most state-of-the-art data centers not in Silicon Valley or in ecologically favorable regions such as the Pacific Northwest, but in Europe, far from the NSA’s prying eyes. Big names such as Inc., Apple Inc. and Inc. are undertaking the construction to appease European Union watchdogs who are mulling a host of new regulations to safeguard Europeans’ privacy in the wake of revelations made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.