Although the Cloud Act has been widespread, there has been very little press about digital acquisitions in the United States. The combination of these OPAs and the alien behavior of the Cloud Act has not yet exploded.
It’s not just Iran and Russia.
The entry into force of the “Cloud Act” in the United States, which allows US authorities to consult data from foreign companies, also affects Europe. However, it did not provoke a relative stir in Europe. Does acquisition of a strategic company cause a reaction? Address issues in four behaviors.
Action 1: Where Europe shows total immature digital
Bored in recent decades with an American computer, we did not even realize the rat trap that we are having. Take a look instead. IT consists of several layers: the raw material layer can be cited where no European player has yet actually been present, or in terms of phones, computers or servers. Hardware works with an operating system where Windows reigns supreme for PCs and Android phones for Google phones. Then, to the “Internet classes” with browsers, search engines, online services, online storage, … Everything is digital at a time when another tool on the job of the United States. We are in an almost complete dependence. If the United States is a staunch ally in Europe, it may not be very serious, but at the same time are trade battles raging, which can assist when they are real?
Action 2: Where the United States asserts the periphery of its law
The whole of Europe (and France) remembers the $ 9 billion fine that BNP Paribas was accused of dealing with Iran under the embargo. The bank was convicted under US foreign law when using the dollar.
Today, this peripheral nature has been reinforced with the emergence of “cloud action”. This US law allows, as of March 23, the United States government to collect data stored inside and outside its borders as long as the hosting service is of the US. Yes you understand, it is a legitimate access to your personal data like that of our European companies. Therefore, the “Cloud Act” is capable of providing US administration access to billions of data. And do not think that the Common Data Protection Protocol (GNP), which came into force on May 25 in the EU, could prevent the application of US law.
Action 3: Where the United States wants to buy a strategic European company
It is in this ecosystem that we have to analyze the availability of Brainloop for repurchase. For a while, a US team of software vendors for boards and companies announced plans to acquire Brainloop, a German security company. An approach can not be more natural in the small business world. But who, for the strategic benefit of owning and storing confidential data, makes this possibility alarming.
Because Brainloop is not just any society; It is labeled “IT Security Made in Germany” created in 2005 at the initiative of the German Ministry of the Interior and Economy, in consultation with representatives of the national industry. In other words: an advanced tool to protect companies across the Rhine from any intrusion attempted. In this case, Brainloop is responsible for protecting German data giants – such as Adidas, Allianz, Bayer or BMW – as well as France – including Suez for example.
Therefore, the acquisition by a group of Americans is disturbing because according to the BrainLoop Cloud Act data will be fully available to competitors in the US.
Act 4: Place in Europe must have brave options for digital sovereignty
Today, the action four plays that have been playing for years have not yet been written.
We have the choice: continue to turn us into a digital colony. The colony will exploit the United States, which we see voracity, and China has a long-term strategic vision in the digital domain. Or take back our digital rights. The alternative is yes. While Donald Trump’s attacks are destabilizing the world, it’s time to get past Rubicon. There will not be half the measurements