Having a keen interest in ownership of data, and considerable experience in datacentre and public- and private-cloud hosting, today’s ruling by the European Court of Justice was expected.
The legal decision (that the ‘safe haven’ concept provided by US-owned/US-based corporations do not provide the consumer/or the in loco parentis data owner sufficient protection from illegal access by a foreign government) comes as absolutely no surprise.
It will be interesting to see how Facebook, Google (etc) react. But even more interesting will be how Amazon’s AWS and MS-Azure meet this challenge.
The court case result always was a foregone conclusion, but is this the point where the tech industry finally talks about the elephant that’s standing over there?
*points to the elephant standing over there*