Europe: What can we do to harmonize EU rules on cloud?

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John Miller writes at the Wall Street Journal about the efforts underway to try and find the accurate balance in the cloud and data sovereignty debates throughout Europe.

Many of us are trying to hit that correct balance between valid concerns over citizen privacy and the pressing need to allow governments to take advantage of the benefits of the cloud computing model.  It is by no means a simple equation, as many of the options appear to break the original business models surrounding the cloud.  But many folks are starting to think creatively about solutions.  Our announcement this past month of our Azure Appliance has much promise indeed.

But harmonization and certainty is a longer term solution.  What the nature of that harmonization is has not been brought into focus yet.  It could go in multiple directions. 

What do folks out there think the answer is?

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3 Responses to “Europe: What can we do to harmonize EU rules on cloud?”

  1. Ruedi says:

    Ultimately the cloud is – as its name suggest – not associated with any national territory. In my conversations i have found the idea of an extraterritorial set of laws adn policies analogous to governing law on oceans may be the way forward…

    • Matt says:


      Absolutely. We did some early work in Switzerland to see if we could get datacenter property to be dealt with as embassy land for respective countries.

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