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Cloud computing needs tighter regulation, says EU

THINQ - Europe could be on the brink of a multi-billion euro investment in cloud computing - but a senior figures has warned that it could come hand in hand with a massive increase in market regulation. Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president for the digital agenda, laid out the EU's proposals for cloud computing in a blog post on Friday, declaring that Europe needed to become not just "cloud-friendly" but "cloud-active". "I think the Cloud is critical to Europe's growth, and essential for making the best internet available to all," Kroes explained.

The commissioner set out the three key principles she says will guide Europe's thinking on cloud computing: establishing a clear legal framework, standardising data formats and the APIs used to tap into cloud-based services, and driving the use of the cloud by the public and private sector.

And she issued a stark warning about what could happen if Europe gets its cloud strategy wrong.