92% of the Western world’s data is stored in the United States. Six of the world’s largest ten tech firms are American—none are European
As more and more governmental entities in Europe entrust public sector data to U.S. cloud companies and increasingly rely on their software, anxiety has grown across the continent about the ability of the U.S. government and companies to obtain Europeans’ stored data for their own purposes.
In September, the German Interior Ministry publicized a study it had commissioned from the consulting firm PWC on ‘digital sovereignty in public administration.’ Interior Minister Horst Seehofer emphasized the report’s finding that there was increasing dependency on the standardized software products of a few foreign companies. “In order to safeguard our digital sovereignty,” he asserted, “we will reduce dependency on individual IT providers, as well as review alternative programs to replace specific software.”
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