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Report: USA PATRIOT Act Could Bypass EU Law

CLOUD COMPUTING—EU & U.S.

December 5, 2012

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law have released a paper validating reports that the USA PATRIOT Act could allow U.S. law enforcement to obtain EU citizens’ data, bypassing EU privacy laws, reports CBS News. The researchers say that because “most cloud providers, and certainly the market leaders, fall within the U.S. jurisdiction,” entities—including governments—located outside the U.S. that use U.S.-based cloud services could be required to allow U.S. law enforcement to access their data. Axel Arnbak, co-author of the report, says, "The risk of data access by U.S. authorities to cloud data is realistic and should form an integral part in any decision-making process to move data into the cloud.”
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