Intelligence doesn’t need a passport. Bits, bytes, zeros and ones don’t recognize where one country’s border ends and the next begins. For the flow of ideas that need to germinate and grow, this is a wonderful thing.
But, for ideas that need some protection, especially those which are bound by intellectual property laws, this is a problem.
The IT staff at Yale just put a halt to the University’s migration over to using Gmail because Google wouldn’t reveal the specific countries in which their servers are hosted. That is, Yale wouldn’t know where there information was being stored and how that geographic location might threaten their intellectual property.
What do you think? Is Yale just being overly-prepared or overly-paranoid?
Check out the full story here via Mashable.