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EU calls for "European cloud" over data spying

PCPro - EU anger is growing after revelations of mass UK and US snooping programs, with digital chief Neelie Kroes warning European customers off US web services.

Kroes has used the Prism revelations to push forward proposals for a "European cloud", which would entail EU-wide specifications for the procurement of cloud services and unifying data protection rules.

"If European cloud customers cannot trust the United States government or their assurances, then maybe they won't trust US cloud providers either. That is my guess," she said. "And if I am right then there are multi-billion euro consequences for American companies."

Kroes is calling for a unified European push towards cloud services, warning that localised national projects could prove costly if "denied scale".