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Study Warns U.S. Law Could Threaten EU Privacy

CLOUD COMPUTING—EU & U.S.

January 14, 2013

A study backed by the European Union (EU) says that the U.S. Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Amendments Act gives U.S. authorities access to European citizens’ data stored on U.S.-based Internet sites, Deutsche Welle reports. EU MEP Jan Phillip Albrecht said, “This study is absolutely not about generating panic…It’s a simple fact that the U.S. data protection law only applies to U.S. citizens.” Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Commissioner Thilo Weichert said, “The long arm of U.S. law stretches as far as Europe,” and added, “You cannot even begin to figure out what happens to this data.” Albrecht suggested that EU citizens use EU-based cloud services. Editor’s Note: The breakout session Closing the Deal—Global Cloud Contracts and EU Requirements will be part of the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, this March.
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