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DPA Bans Public-Sector Use of Google Apps

PRIVACY LAW—NORWAY

January 25, 2012

The data protection authority (DPA) of Norway has issued a public-sector ban on Google Apps because, according to the Financial Times, the service could potentially put citizens' data at risk. Norway's DPA ruled that the service did not comply with the nation's privacy laws due to insufficient information of where user data was stored. The move comes shortly after Google signed its largest-ever contract with Spanish bank BBVA. Last year, a Danish school was banned from using the service for similar reasons. Meanwhile, the German government is drafting stricter data protection and storage rules, and the French government has set up a venture to promote French-based cloud services. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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