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As tech firms ready to sell remote computing services in the European marketplace, they are pushing for streamlined privacy standards in order to make cloud computing more viable in the 27-nation bloc. The Wall Street Journal reports on the efforts of U.S. tech giants, which say that Europe's patchwork and sometimes contradictory regulations on cloud computing represent "real hurdles or speed bumps to sales." But with Europe's Digital Agenda still months away from being finalized, some believe "It's way too early to say whether the EU directive will create a pan-European authority" to oversee cloud computing and privacy issues, according to an EU spokesperson. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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