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The Cloud Is Coming, But Slowly

PRIVACY LAW—EU

July 25, 2011

Data protection laws and differing definitions of what constitutes personal information have made cloud computing a challenge in Europe. And while cloud computing remains "the exception, not the rule," a research study predicts sales of cloud services in Europe to rise 4.3 percent this year, The New York Times reports. Some cloud services sellers are compensating for laws prohibiting data transfer outside the EU by creating EU-based data centers, but one technology expert notes, "The legal landscape is not conducive to cloud computing in Europe." However, the data protection directive is currently under review, and European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding has submitted a revision that she says would benefit businesses and consumers. (Registration may be required to access this story.) 
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