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Peer 1 Hosting Research Confirms NSA Scandal Has Made UK and Canadian Businesses Wary of Storing Data in the U.S.

A new independent survey of 300 UK and Canadian businesses, commissioned by web infrastructure and cloud hosting provider Peer 1 Hosting, reveals that 25 percent will move their company data outside of the U.S. due to NSA-related privacy and security concerns. Canadian companies are even more likely to relocate data than UK companies, with one in three saying they will move away from U.S. datacenters. Despite this trend, the U.S. remains the most popular place for these companies to host data (51 percent) outside of their home countries.

Privacy concerns are growing after the NSA scandals and the “summer of Snowden,” with 82 percent of companies indicating that privacy laws are a top concern when choosing where to host their data. Further, 81 percent want to know exactly where their data is being hosted.

The survey revealed that the top three concerns for UK and Canadian businesses when choosing a hosting provider are now security (96 percent), performance (94 percent) and reputation (87 percent). Nearly 70 percent of respondents agree they would sacrifice performance to ensure data sovereignty.

Despite these new attitudes, organizations admit they are struggling to fully understand current data laws, with 60 percent agreeing they don’t know as much as they should about data security laws. Additionally, 44 percent feel that privacy and security laws confuse them.

“With data privacy and security concerns top of mind after NSA, PRISM and other revelations around the world, businesses in the UK and Canada are taking real action,” said Robert Miggins, SVP business development, PEER 1 Hosting. “Many are moving data outside of the U.S., and even more are making security and privacy their top concerns when choosing where to host their company data. It’s clear that hosting and cloud providers need to take note and offer their customers true choice in terms of the locations and environments where they store their data, ensuring they can maintain security, compliance and privacy to the best extent possible.”

Peer 1 helps businesses maintain their data sovereignty with secure managed hosting at more than 16 locations across North America and Europe. Companies of all sizes have full visibility of their data in Peer 1’s hosting infrastructure, and can choose to host data in the locations that best meet their data security and privacy requirements.

Visit Peer 1’s website for the full results of the survey.

About Peer 1 Hosting

Peer 1 Hosting, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cogeco Cable Inc. (TSX:CCA), is one of the world's leading web hosting providers for businesses delivering eCommerce sites, web & mobile applications, gaming and rich media, and SaaS platforms. Specializing in Managed Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Colocation and Cloud Services, Peer 1 Hosting is based in Vancouver, Canada, and founded in 1999 with European operations headquartered in Southampton, UK. Peer 1 Hosting has 16 datacenters and 20 points of presence worldwide. Peer 1 Hosting is built on two obsessions: Ping & People. ‘Ping’ represents its commitment to best-in-breed technology, founded on a high performance 10Gbps FastFiber Network(tm) connected by 16 state-of-the-art datacenters. ‘People’ represents its commitment to delivering outstanding customer service to its more than 13,000 customers worldwide, backed by a 100 percent uptime guarantee. For more information visit: http://www.Peer1.com.

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