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Snowden inquiry targets cloud computing

MEPs want the EU to address online security by developing its own cloud computing system, as part of an inquiry into the United States spying scandal.

This would address what is perceived to be "a huge weakness" in data security, according to recommendations to be delivered in a report that is still under development. As well as discussing regulatory changes, research into technological solutions is also needed to enhance security, say MEPs. 

The report, from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee, will summarise the conclusions of an inquiry into electronic mass surveillance in the EU, following revelations by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The draft report was presented by British MEP Claude Moraes to the committee on 18 December.

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