EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes talks excitedly about “Cloud computing” here:
The Cloud, like the Internet, is Global in nature. Cloud services are offered by a myriad companies whom are based in many of nation states and so their services fall under the jurisdictions of many authorities.
Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes states, “European institutions and governments should throw their weight behind joint procurement of computing services to encourage the use of cloud computing“.
Which services does she wish EU Institutions and governments to throw their weigh behind? I thought gone into pushing computing services Cloud computing service which are under the jurisdiction of EU acquis so as to be covered by EU standards of privacy, Fundimental Rights, etc. This is of paramount importants, a mandatory red-line must-have from EU business as well as an EU citizens perspective.
Procuring Cloud services from companies who are under the jurisdiction of non-EU authorities exposes those EU business and EU citizens to extra-EU jurisdictions and the associated dangers of their data not having the adequate level of protection that EU acquis gives.
We only have to look at the MegaUploads fiasco to see that EU businesses and EU citizens have had access to their legal data halted by the actions of the United States of America, for instance. MegaUploads’ service was an example of a cloud computing service; a cyber-locker.
We only have to look at the Wikileaks fiasco to see that extra-EU controlled financial services (Paypal, VISA, Mastercard, etc) are heavily influenced by non-EU powers and can choose withdraw necessary services on at their whim.
We only have to look at Twitter being subpoenaed in US courts for data relating to Icelandic Members of Parliament to see the dangers in our Cloud services falling under the jurisdiction of extra-EU states.
We only have to look at the seizure of Bodog.com by the US Department of Homeland Security. Bodog.com “is run by Canadian billionaire Calvin Ayre and the domain was purchased through a Canadian registrar. None of the defendants are believed to be US citizens. US authorities never approached the Canadian registrar to enforce the seizure, instead they used .com and .net domain operator VeriSign to alter the “glue” records and take down the website“.
Extra-EU authorties are asserting authority over huge parts of the internet. “US law can now be asserted over all domains registered under .com, .net, org, .biz and maybe .info”.
Twitter.com have been caught downloading iPhone users’ contact lists and storing them for up to 18 months.
Google have recently made massive changes to their privacy terms in the face of request by the EU and interested parties to halt these changes until they are fully investigated.
Andriod Apps have been found to be creaming off smart-phone users personal data with most users unaware.
Do we really want the EU to push businesses and netizens into the hands of extra-EU internet services including Cloud & Digital Financial services where the EU business & citizen does not have, through the EU apparatus, control and jurisdiction?
I think Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes needs to make clear what Cloud & digital Financial services she wants EU businesses and netizens to seize upon. We need to check whether we should be directly/indirectly promoting our rivals’ (US, China, Russia, South America, etc) Cloud & digital Financial services which fall under their control/jurisdictions.
I think we should step up and create our own Cloud & Digital Financial services independent of our competitors and under our, EU, control/jurisdiction.
That’s not to say the EU is perfect, far, far from it. There are many issues with current and proposed EU legislation in regard to citizens rights on the internet, for an overview I’ve written this other article.