The data center industry is largely unregulated, but with the maturing of any industry comes the eventual regulation as governments are concerned about public safety.
re/code has a post on EU Commission VP Neelie Kroes.
Neelie Kroes Calls Snowden Revelations a Wake-Up Call — “Let’s Not Snooze Through It”
March 10, 2014, 3:19 AM PDT
European Commissioner Neelie Kroes said that Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA spying should serve as a wake-up call that there is a new reality that includes cyber spying and cyber warfare.
Snowden sent the wake up call to the public. Most of the insiders aren’t surprised by what Snowden has shared. It just wasn’t public knowledge.
She called on Europe’s political apparatus to create a strong directive around cyber security.
“Snowden gave us a wake up call; let’s not snooze through it,” Kroes said.
Can you see regulations coming?
Joining Kroes in a panel discussion, computer science professor Wendy Hall said that it makes sense that society is struggling to figure out what policies make sense, noting it took centuries to create social norms for the offline world.
“We’ve got to figure out how to live in the digital world in an open society,” Hall said.