In the US, recent revelations by the whistleblower Edward Snowden that the NSA was (and is) involved in widespread eavesdropping of phone calls and Internet consumption has alarmed many US citizens. The US Government has often responded that it is not monitoring US citizens without warrants... just nasty foreign folks.
But what if you are a friendly foreign citizen living abroad? And their Government? You must be fair game for the NSA...
This news is getting America's allies very cross indeed.
While Americans are paying less attention to the NSA eavesdropping flap, the story is still hot news elsewhere.
There are some business implications.
The fallout might effect how the world uses, or doesn't use cloud computing, as many of these servers are based in the USA.
It is no news that our friends are feeling frustrated and letting the Obama administration hear about it... assuming the administration hadn't overheard it before.