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Businesses Attempt To Address EU Cloud Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY—EUROPE

September 20, 2010

The move to cloud computing is facing obstacles in Europe, where the definition of personal data is much broader than in other parts of the world, The New York Times reports. "European governments fear that personal information could fall prey to aggressive marketers and cybercriminals once it leaves the jurisdictions of individual members," the report states, noting that the EU's strict privacy laws place "rigid limits on the movement of information" outside of its 27 member counties. Some U.S. businesses, however, are developing new methods to make cloud computing work within Europe's complicated legal landscape, including new forms of encryption and ways to let individuals choose the degree of privacy on each part of their personal information in the cloud. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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