Alibaba And The Cognitive Dissonance Of American Data Policy

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Editor’s note: Paul Rosenzweig is a senior adviser to The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that advises clients on information security, including cloud computing, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Who says A must say B…”

The aphorism, often attributed to the conservative philosopher James Burnham (though it originated in the fable of Hansel and Gretel), is a short-hand phrase that is intended to capture the requirement of intellectual consistency. Or, put more colloquially – don’t be an intellectual hypocrite. American cyber policy makers may well rue not paying heed to Burnham. The legal interpretations they currently espouse may soon turn around to bite them in the proverbial hypocritical posterior.

The issue is put in stark relief by the recent announcement from Alibaba, the Chinese technology company that plans to open up a new data center in Silicon Valley

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