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U.S. Cloud Providers Banned Pending Law Revision

PRIVACY LAW—U.S. & NETHERLANDS

September 20, 2011

The Dutch government has announced it will ban U.S. cloud service providers from government contracts due to compliance concerns surrounding the U.S. Patriot Act, reports ZDNet. The Dutch government says this is a temporary measure until the European Commission changes data protection laws. U.S. providers must comply with Patriot Act information requests, which contravenes an EU data protection law stating that organizations must have users' permission to share their data with non-European third parties. Dutch minister Ivo Opstelten said, "This basically means that companies from the United States in such bids and contracts are excluded." The report states that the Dutch government is also considering a ban on Google and Microsoft cloud offerings and asking for policies on requirements for awarding contracts.
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