All of Europe’s data in US servers? We’re OK with that – EC bod ‘It shouldn’t matter where your files are held’ article tells that there is a new data protection legislation currently making its way through the European Parliament (expected to be in use in 2-3 years and replace the old one). The rules would apply to data handled outside the EU if the companies involved offered services to citizens living in the 27-nation zone. The new rules include users’ “right to be forgotten” and an obligation on organisations to report data breaches “as soon as possible”. The good news is that they result in harmonisation across Europe which is better than the existing situation with 27 different national laws.
Richards reckons cloud computing has the potential to deliver €700bn of economic benefit in the five biggest European economies and generate five million new jobs in the five largest member states. To succeed in this Europe needs a better broadband rollout, more standardised legislation and less fragmentation in markets. The new data protection legislation is considered to be important to the European Cloud Computing Strategy.
All of Europe’s data in US servers? We’re OK with that – EC bod ‘It shouldn’t matter where your files are held’ article tells that European Commission director Megan Richards has said in CCWF2012 that it shouldn’t really matter where Europe’s data is stored, as long as it’s secure and protected. It wouldn’t necessarily be a problem if European data was held in data centres in the US. Theoretically, it shouldn’t matter where data is held as long as our rules apply.
The commissioner said that by simplifying the current “patchwork” of rules and cutting red tape, businesses could expect to save a total of 2.3bn euros ($3bn; £1.9bn) a year. However, organisations which break the rules face penalties.