Millions of European citizens, and hundreds of thousands of SMEs, use on a daily basis a number of popular services that offer storage of digital data in the cloud. Most of these services operate outside EU territory, thus raising practical and legal concerns about the privacy and security of EU citizens’ data.
In view of the above:
Does the Commission intend to evaluate the extent to which companies offering cloud storage services comply with EU legislation on privacy and security of digital data (including the Safe Harbour Agreement)?
Does the Commission intend to ask for written clarification and commitments from these companies about the processing to which EU citizens’ data are subjected?
Would the Commission consider developing a digital observatory to inform EU citizens about the degree to which popular cloud and web 2.0 services comply with the provisions of EU legislation?