The EU issues new rules for Microsoft, Google & Amazon cloud services

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Microsoft, Google, and Amazon cloud services have been on the European Union’s radar for quite some time. Now they will be required to collaborate with other EU cloud service providers (CSPs) as they carry out their work. This collaboration might be a move that these big tech firms might not be willing to go into, but they don’t have a choice.

Well, for now, the bill to force these firms into this collaboration is still a draft. It aims to protect the sensitive data of citizens that are domiciled in the European Union and its regions. Because Microsoft, Google, and Amazon are non-European firms, the EU believes that they need to be under supervision.

To do this, the said bill will make these cloud service providers (CSPs) work closely with other European cloud service providers. Well, this might sound a bit bizarre to those hearing it, but it doesn’t even stop there. This article covers the necessary and available information regarding this issue and how it affects both parties.

Microsoft, Google, and Amazon cloud services will operate under the close supervision of the EU

Some sources were able to lay hands on the draft containing this requirement from the European Union. This draft contains all the requirements and restrictions that the European Union will place on foreign cloud service providers. All of this is in a bid to protect the sensitive data of those residing in any member state of the European Union.


What the European Union is saying is that only firms within their geographical boundaries can handle sensitive data. If any cloud service provider from outside the region, like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon wishes to do business, they must undergo certain procedures. Some of which include collaborating with some European cloud service providers.

More to this, the workers from firms like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon cloud services need to reside in the EU’s region. This might give the European Union the ability to keep a watchful eye on how the workers treat sensitive data. Also, all operations and maintenance of the hosting cloud service equipment must come from within the EU’s region.

So what happens if there is a breach in the data held by these cloud service providers? According to the draft, there will be some strict penalties from the cloud service provider. These requirements will put Microsoft, Google, and Amazon in a tight corner, and it will affect how they work.

For now, this bill is still a draft and might not be passed into law. But if it gets passed into law, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon would need to buckle up for a long and bumpy ride. More information on this draft concerning Microsoft, Google, and Amazon cloud services will be made available in the coming months.