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New U.S. law makes GDPR-illegal data mining possible

Subsequently, there are now people in the EU with concerns about espionage and European businesses are urged to use European service providers.

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Unbeknownst to many, United States has a "Cloud Act", forcing all American-based cloud service providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and IBM to hand over any data stored in their system to the authorities upon request - no matter where the data is physically stored.

As the above-mentioned companies alone host vast quantities of European Cloud services, thousands of companies are at risk.

According to Bloomberg, "the act is aimed at aiding investigations" but journalists Helene Fouquet and Marie Mawad point out that there parallels between the Cloud Act and the much-criticised Chinese National Intelligence Law, ironically declared "a tool for espionage" by the presidential administration in the U.S. - and indirectly being a contributing factor in the ill-will that has befallen Huawei and other Chinese electronics manufacturers.

According to the Bloomberg article, this has been an issue discussed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this weekend (Gamereactor has a lot of coverage of that event online and still incoming), and French politicians are very concerned by the willingness to access this data, no matter if it's in conflict with local laws such as the European GDPR.

A response from the European Union might be underway, but several countries, especially France, are already preparing counter-actions, urges companies to uses non-US providers, and the situation has given growth to European based alternatives as well, using European based data centres.

New U.S. law makes GDPR-illegal data mining possible


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