Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2011 15:41 UTC
Internet & Networking "Members of the European Parliament have demanded to know what lawmakers intend to do about the conflict between the European Union's Data Protection Directive and the U.S. Patriot Act. The issue has been raised following Microsoft's admission last week that it may have to hand over European customers' data on a new cloud service to U.S. authorities. The company may also be compelled by the Patriot Act to keep details of any such data transfer secret. This is directly contrary to the European directive, which states that organizations must inform users when they disclose personal information."
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RE: I don't understand the upset
by pgeorgi on Wed 6th Jul 2011 19:46 UTC in reply to "I don't understand the upset"
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There's a simple solution to this, charge a tax for cloud services in the US, put the cash in a trust.

There is a simpler solution: If US companies can't implement EU law for EU operations because their laws at home collide, they have to cease providing services in the EU until they fixed the laws (by lobbying).
That's more opportunities for EU companies to step in.

Of course, just like with SWIFT (who moved data centers to the EU for EU transactions to evade US surveillance), the US will quickly lobby to get "legal" access to them.

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