Europe Aims to Regulate the Cloud

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The European Union wants to regulate the cloud even if that makes its use more complicated. One proposed amendment would require “all transfers of data” from a cloud in the European Union to a cloud maintained in the United States or elsewhere to “be accompanied with a notification to the data subject of such transfer and its legal effects.”

“We need to realize that European citizens will not embrace the cloud if they are worried for their privacy or for the security of their data,” said Neelie Kroes, the European Commission vice president in charge of telecommunications and information policy, in a statement.

Viviane Reding, the European Commission’s justice minister, said in her own statement that she wanted to see “the development of European clouds” certified to strict new European standards.

“For the private sector, such European clouds could become also attractive as they could advertise, ‘These are European clouds, so your personal data is safe,’ ” she said.

Ob ein Gütesiegel „Cloud made in Europe“ nichteuropäische Geheimdienste davon abhalten wird die darin befindlichen Daten nun nicht mehr abzuschnorcheln, wage ich zu bezweifeln. Das klingt eher wie ein Marketing-Gag. Und Marketing ist bekanntlich der sparsame Umgang mit der Wahrheit. Hier wird allenfalls der Rechtssicherheit ein Stück weit gehuldigt.