EU Cybersecurity Label Vote Delayed Amidst Big Tech Debate –

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National cybersecurity experts within the European Union have postponed a crucial vote on a draft EU cybersecurity label, extending the timeline for tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to vie for highly sensitive EU cloud computing contracts until May. This decision comes amidst intense deliberations regarding the requirements that should be imposed on major tech firms to qualify for the highest level of cybersecurity certification.

The proposed cybersecurity certification scheme (EUCS) aims to establish a framework to ensure the cybersecurity integrity of cloud services. Its implementation seeks to assist governments and enterprises in selecting secure and trustworthy vendors for their cloud computing needs, according to a report by Reuters. However, discord surrounding the extent of regulations imposed on Big Tech has stymied the finalization of the scheme.

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The expert panel, convening on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels, refrained from voting on the latest iteration of the scheme put forth by the EU cybersecurity agency ENISA in 2020. This revised version, influenced by Belgium’s current EU presidency, omitted the sovereignty requirements present in prior proposals. These requirements compelled U.S. tech giants to either establish joint ventures or collaborate with EU-based entities for data storage and processing within the bloc, thereby qualifying for the highest cybersecurity label.

While major tech companies welcomed the removal of sovereignty requirements, criticism emerged from EU-based cloud vendors and businesses such as Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and Airbus. They expressed concerns over the potential for unlawful data access by non-EU governments, citing the absence of safeguards inherent in the previous proposal.

Following the delay in the experts’ vote, the next procedural step involves soliciting opinions from EU member states, culminating in a final decision by the European Commission.

Source: Yahoo

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