EUCS : OIP joins Cigref in expressing its concerns to the European Commission

Such disparity in the defense of citizens’ interests in the processing of their data, from one side of the Atlantic to the other, is striking.”

As the new version of the EUCS is being examined by experts from the European Union’s certification group from April 15, the cloud and digital value chain players who are members of the Open Internet Project – OIP – are giving their full support to the open letter sent by Cigref to the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von Der Leyen, on April 11, expressing the legitimate concerns of the European digital industry as a whole, and of its users, regarding guarantees of immunity from non-European legislation with extraterritorial scope for data and its associated processing, concerning the most sensitive data.

Clearly, the high standards expected since the start of work on the EUCS have waned, with sovereignty requirements no longer appearing in the 221-page document presented on March 22, and due to be submitted for discussion from April 15, 2024

This erasure of the European Union’s sovereignty ambitions coincides with the extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which gives the US secret services access to our personal data, and Joe Biden’s executive order restricting the transfer of US citizens’ data to other states !

"Such disparity in the defense of citizens' interests in the processing of their data, from one side of the Atlantic to the other, is striking."
declares Quentin Adam
President of OIP

While European cloud companies are working to develop systems for maximum security of sensitive data, requiring considerable investment and development,

"With this version of the EUCS, the most commonly used Americans solutions could be offered a form of tolerance to devastating impacts on several levels : 1. Render sensitive data permeable to interference from outside European states ; 2. Undermine the trust that citizens place in their public and private partners, in terms of their ability to guarantee the security of their sensitive data ; 3. Discharge these requirements to foreign, mainly American, cloud companies, thereby enabling them to compete even more unfairly than they already do, with European players who are working to develop highly secure systems to provide their fellow citizens with a service that meets their sovereignty requirements."
adds Quentin Adam
President of OIP
"The Open Internet Project is suggesting working alongside Cigref members to structure a secure end-to-end digital offering, meeting the highest security requirements guaranteed for the most sensitive data, to ensure that a robust and reliable industrial response will be able to meet the expectations of companies, administrations and citizens, even if the political and diplomatic negotiations at work at European Union level were to lead to the abandonment of these requirements within the EUCS framework."
declares Léonidas Kalogeropoulos
General Delegate of the OIP


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