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Leak prompts call for national data cloud

Eight companies and campaign groups have urged the Swedish government to set up a national data cloud service to prevent sensitive personal data from being leaked.

Groups including the Internet Foundation in Sweden and the Swedish Security and Defence Association have raised concern that there is no coherent government strategy to protect online infrastructure from leaks. Writing in the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper on 26 July, they urged the government to consider building a centralised, state-owned IT infrastructure system.

The system would combine today’s 206 state-owned and an unknown number of private data centres into ten locations around Sweden. The government would own and control the system, the group suggested. The proposal is based on a government-commissioned report into personal privacy, published on 7 June. 

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