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- Letter from Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Chairman of European Parliament LIBE Committee to Neelie Kroes on the FP7-funded CoCo (Confidential and Compliant) Cloud project (pdf)
- Response from Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda (pdf)

López Aguilar seeks more information on certain aspects of the CoCo Cloud project, funded by the EU under the 7th Framework Programme, fearing that the project may involve the transfer of EU citizens' personal data to the US. Kroes confirms in her response that only "synthetic fictional or fabricated data, which does not relate to real existing data subjects" will be used, and that "only servers located in the EU will be used" during the project.

However, there are wider questions about the EU's cloud computing strategy, particularly in relation to data transfers to the US, which are not raised in López Aguilar's letter and which are yet to be addressed by the Commission. See: sections 2.2.4 and 2.3 in European Parliament Briefing Note: The US National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programmes (PRISM) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) activities and their impact on EU citizens' fundamental rights (pdf)

See also:

PRISM: The EU must take steps to protect cloud data from US snoopers (The Independent, link)
Coco Cloud website
Coco Cloud on CORDIS

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