Dutch government to ban U.S. cloud providers over U.S. Patriot Act concerns

Dutch government to ban U.S. cloud providers over U.S. Patriot Act concerns

The Dutch government is to ban U.S. cloud providers from government IT contracts amid concerns of the reach of the Patriot Act in Europe.

Dutch minister Ivo Opstelten admitted that while the Dutch government is “experimenting with Google Docs and Dropbox”, though data is believed to be stored on Dutch territory, it is unknown whether they are managed by U.S. companies.

The Dutch government wants to bar U.S. companies from providing cloud-based services in order to prevent sensitive citizen data from being compromised by U.S. authorities.

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