This week the office of Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council and chair of all summits, circulated a final draft of the summit communiqué, which Brussels Blog got its hands on. One of the item worth noting:
Online privacy: Language advocating a European “framework” for cloud computing and “big data” has been beefed up since earlier drafts, an interesting tweak given the ongoing controversy over the US National Security Agency’s spying practices. Some, including Kroes, have advocated a European champion that could build data servers in Europe to compete with the likes of Apple and Google, outside the legal reach of the NSA. The new conclusions call for regulations that lay the groundwork for “secure, high-quality and reliable cloud services” – but also now for “the establishment of a strong network of digital coordinators” to oversee progress.
Source: Financial Times