France pioneers stringent digital regulation and Cloud oversight beyond EU norms

France takes a bold step in regulating the internet and cloud services with a comprehensive new bill. Digital Minister Jean-Noël Barrot’s proposal aims to support French cloud providers, aligning closely with the EU Data Act.

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France is on the verge of implementing comprehensive legislation aimed at overseeing the internet. This legislation aligns with the recent European digital regulations, but it goes a step further in its focus on cloud services. Digital Minister Jean-Noël Barrot introduced the bill, and it is scheduled for debate in the National Assembly in October. The primary objective of this legislation is to regulate and provide support for French cloud service providers, with the intention of nurturing the growth of domestic cloud industry leaders in Europe. The legislation seeks close alignment with the EU Data Act, while also adhering to EU digital laws such as the Digital Services Act and Digital Market Acts. Notably, the bill tackles the issue of ‘cloud credits,’ with the Senate proposing limitations on their duration and exclusivity. While the legislation addresses data security, certain provisions have been removed due to technical challenges and concerns about potentially hindering the expansion of French cloud providers. A debate is ongoing among lawmakers regarding the most effective approach to regulating cloud services to promote competition and safeguard national security.

Why does this matter?

France’s proactive stance on digital regulation and cloud oversight not only strengthens its digital autonomy but also contributes to the broader European digital landscape, fostering competition, innovation, and data security. France’s move to regulate the internet and cloud services reflects a push for digital sovereignty. By enacting comprehensive legislation, the country aims to assert control over its digital landscape, reducing dependency on foreign tech giants.