Dutch Contracts May Exclude US Cloud Computing Cos.

Law360, New York (September 20, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT) -- The Dutch government is considering excluding U.S. cloud computing companies such as Google from government bids and contracts based on worries that U.S. authorities could force such providers to share information under the Patriot Act, news reports revealed Monday.

IT publication ComputerworldUK reported that Dutch Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten had recently told the country's house of representatives that the government was mulling whether or not it should institute the ban.

To protect Dutch government and citizen data, cloud service vendors could be barred from...
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