European Data Protection Digest

Lack of U.S. Cloud Rules Could Boost European Business

DATA PROTECTION—EU

December 9, 2011

European success with the cloud may get a boost due to the lack of data protection laws in the U.S., reports Techworld. Two Swedish companies have begun marketing their services as "a safe haven from the reaches of the USA PATRIOT Act," the report says, as the act could allow U.S. law enforcement agencies access to European users of U.S.-based clouds. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has promised that new measures will cover cloud data, but legislators have indicated concern about data protection in the cloud, and some say safe harbor agreements with U.S. companies may no longer be adequate. "Safe harbor is a nice idea, but it didn't work," said MEP Sophie In't Veld.
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