Cloud storage provider Box fights roughly 90 percent of the governmental requests for data it receives, according to its general council Peter McGoff.
McGoff said the firm works with law enforcement officials but will scan through court orders for loopholes in an attempt to protect user data. He said that data stored in the cloud stands up to the same rules that dictate protocol in the on-site storage sector.
"In my time at Box we have pushed back on roughly 90 percent of court orders," said McGoff during a recent panel on cloud data regulations at the RSA Conference.
McGoff claimed Box felt constant pressure to fight on the behalf of its users' privacy. He reported that putting the customer first and keeping government snoops away from consumer data is a constant battle.
"You've got customer who entrust their most sensitive data to Box. You got an agreement with the company to not share that information with anybody. But on the other side of that you have governments wanting to see that data," continued McGoff.
"We have constant pressure between living up to consumer expectations and dealing with government access."
According to McGoff, the biggest myths about what rights a consumer who stores data in the cloud have are mostly perpetuated by on-site storage firms.
"The US on-premise hardware and software providers help perpetuate this myth of what the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) can do," continued McGoff.
Fellow panelist Francoise Gilbert tended to agree with McGoff's assessment. The managing attorney at the IT Law Group said the Patriot Act shouldn't be considered a threat to big businesses.
"Don't blame the Patriot Act, it has very little to do with all of this it. It's just one of the many laws that deals with this matter." said Gilbert.
Gilbert stated that even with the Patriot Act, requests for the public's data must go through the courts. She says that the time and expensive involved with obtaining that data is, in many cases, too much for the government to handle.
"The concept that the government knocks on the door and just asks for things is not true,"
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