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European Companies Weary of USA PATRIOT Act

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

December 1, 2011

EurActiv.com reports on the current discussions between the European Union and the U.S. about cloud service providers and the role of the USA PATRIOT Act. Many EU companies are reluctant to use U.S.-based cloud providers, fearing that their data could come under the auspices of U.S. law. EU Vice President Viviane Reding, who has been in talks with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, says she has been reassured by the U.S. that it will "seek assistance from member states using existing police and judicial cooperation channels." Yet, several European cloud service providers do not want to follow the U.S. legislation at all. Meanwhile, two Swedish companies have banded together to offer a "fully European Database-as-service solution."  
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