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EU aims to tighten curbs on data transfers to non-EU governments – EU document

BRUSSELS : Cloud companies suppliers reminiscent of Amazon and Microsoft and different data processing service suppliers should arrange safeguards in opposition to unlawful data transfers to non-EU governments, in accordance to the European Commission’s Data Act to be revealed this month.

The proposed rule, seen by Reuters, units out rights and obligations on using EU data reminiscent of sensible equipment and client items, and is a part of a raft of legislations aimed toward reining in U.S. tech giants and serving to the bloc meet its inexperienced and digital goals.

EU considerations about data transfers have been rising ever since former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 of mass U.S. surveillance.

Europe’s prime courtroom in 2020 scrapped a transatlantic data switch deal relied on by 1000’s of firms for companies starting from cloud infrastructure to payroll and finance due to comparable considerations. The United States and the EU have been making an attempt to provide you with a brand new deal.

The Data Act goes additional than present curbs on the switch of non-public data exterior the 27-nation bloc by extending such restrictions to non-private data.

“Concerns around unlawful access by non-EU/EEA governments have been raised. Such safeguards should further enhance trust in the data processing services that increasingly underpin the European data economy,” the EU document mentioned.

It mentioned that suppliers of data processing companies can have “to take all reasonable technical, legal and organisational measures to prevent such access that could potentially conflict with competing obligations to protect such data under EU law, unless strict conditions are met”.

The Data Act seeks to develop interoperability requirements for data to be used between sectors following considerations of obstacles to data sharing inside and between industries.

It additionally aims to make it simpler for firms to swap between cloud and edge companies by setting out minimal regulatory contractual, business and technical necessities on suppliers of cloud, edge and different data processing companies to allow switching between such companies.

The Commission has set a tentative date of Feb. 23 for publishing the Data Act.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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