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France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data


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French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.

The French government said some of France's most sensitive state and corporate data can be safely stored using the cloud computing technology developed by Alphabet's Google and Microsoft, provided the technology is licensed to French companies.

Credit: Sarah Meyssonnier/REUTERS

The French government has indicated that cloud computing technology developed by Google and Microsoft could be used to store sensitive state and corporate data, providing it is licensed to French companies.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire acknowledged U.S. technological superiority in the field, but said guaranteeing the location of servers on French soil, and European ownership of the companies that store and process the data, could help ensure a "trustworthy" cloud computing alternative.

Companies that offer cloud computing services that meet these principles and other conditions set forth by France's cybersecurity agency ANSSI could receive a "trustworthy cloud" designation. Two French companies already meet the criteria.

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