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  • No more private data for USA

    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53418898

    The EU-US Privacy Shield let companies sign up to higher privacy standards, before transferring data to the US.

    But a privacy advocate challenged the agreement, arguing that US national security laws did not protect EU citizens from government snooping.


    This seems pretty significant, not just because of "government snooping" but because it places the data of Europeans within European jurisdiction. It's not wild west anymore, at least not for any company that wants to operate in Europe.
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    Originally posted by Karri View Post
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53418898



    This seems pretty significant, not just because of "government snooping" but because it places the data of Europeans within European jurisdiction. It's not wild west anymore, at least not for any company that wants to operate in Europe.
    You are right, this is significant in a number of ways:

    1. As an example of how pervasive this might be: Any corporation that maintains a presence in both Europe and the US will likely now have to establish and maintain data centers in both and ensure that EU data is not stored in US data centers (and presumably vice versa).

    2. Cloud providers may need to shuffle large amounts of data to comply with this ruling. Ditto data backup providers, and even commercial data storage providers such as DropBox and OneDrive.

    3. These cloud providers will also have to make sure that Europeans cannot stand up virtual machines on servers located in the US.

    I would not expect these changes to be too much of an inconvenience to the major cloud providers (Google, Amazon, Microsoft, etc), nor for any large corporation that already has to deal with privacy regulations like HIPAA. It will likely mostly impact smaller to medium sized organizations that did not already have a coherent data management policy.

    It will be interesting to see how a nominally American corporation such as Amazon, or Google manages the dance of complying with US and European security laws.

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