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    Bloomberg: Deutsche Telekom Wants ’German Cloud’ to Shield Data From U.S.

    There are a lot of questions about the security and privacy of cloud computing services (where you upload, store and access your data at an online service owned or operated by others), including what country’s laws apply to access of the data. Here’s a previous post I wrote discussing some of these issues. Now, Bloomberg News reports that Deutsche Telekom wants protection from U.S. laws for its data in the cloud:

    Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Systems information technology unit is pushing regulators to introduce a certificate for German or European cloud operators to help companies guard data from the U.S. government.

    T-Systems plans to lure customers by emphasizing the security of its servers, over which it delivers its Internet- accessed computing services, Reinhard Clemens, the division’s chief executive officer, told reporters in Bonn on Sept. 12. This includes shielding clients from government access such as that allowed by the U.S. Patriot Act, he said. […]

    Deutsche Telekom and other telecommunications companies are promoting cloud-computing offerings as a safe way for businesses to outsource their data centers. A government seal may fence off the cloud offerings of T-Systems and European competitors such as Atos SA and Cap Gemini SA and give them an advantage over U.S. rivals such as Hewlett-Packard Co., Microsoft Corp. and International Business Machines Corp.

    Some of the surveillance powers of the U.S. Patriot Act, passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, have been opposed by some lawmakers and outside groups, including civil liberties activists.

    “A German cloud” would be a “safe cloud,” Clemens said.

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