Under new EU rules to be published later this month as part of the Data Act, cloud and other data processing service providers, including Amazon and Microsoft, will be required to ensure safeguards are in place to protect against illegal transfers of data to non-EU governments. The requirement sets out rights and obligations on the use of EU data forming part of a raft of EU legislation aimed at reining in US tech giants and helping the trading bloc fulfil its green and digital objectives. Concerns about data transfers have been growing within the EU since former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden revealed the mass surveillance practices of the US government in 2013. In response, EURACTIV reports that several companies from technology to auto industry sectors are preparing to push back against the European Commission’s Data Act proposal.
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