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US has one third of world data


The US stores 898 exabytes (898 billion gigabytes) of data, nearly a third of the global total. Western Europe has 19% and China has 13%.




QZ.com, By Simone Foxman, July 17, 2013

… The US alone is home to 898 exabytes (898 billion gigabytes) – nearly a third of the global total. … Western Europe has 19% and China has 13%. Legally, much of that data itself is property of the consumers or companies who generate it, and licensed to companies that are responsible for it.

US has 1/3 of world data

The most recent data on who’s storing that data are from 2009, and published in a report released by the McKinsey Global Institute. Although this may have changed some in the last few years, it’s our best guess yet about who actually holds onto a lot of US data.

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