We perhaps all take for granted our use of the hardware and software, data centres and communications networks that power modern business.
But differences in the laws in Europe and the USA are becoming an increasing cause for concern across the EU.
It is all about who controls the data.
Europe is heavily dependent on US firms for cloud services.
There are laws in the EU (GDPR) and UK to protect the privacy of data. But in the USA, the intelligence and law-enforcement services broad powers to access data.
At the moment Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google have a 65% share of the world cloud market between them.
But there are moves afoot to create what is being called Europe’s first “sovereign hyperscale cloud” thanks to €15m in seed funding and plans to build eight data centres in Europe in the next five years.
This will be managed by a Stockholm based company called Evroc.
There are 377 organisations participating in the Gaia-X project, which aims to join up cloud service providers in a federated system, so data can move between them while data owners remain in control.
Watch this space….