With digital sovereignty becoming a major issue around the globe, European Governments are moving to private providers in Europe to protect their data, wary of trusting US cloud systems.
Concerned over the recent increase in trade tensions, the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Cloud Act, the Swedish, French and Dutch governments have joined with Germany to adopt a European designed cloud solution.
The French Interior Ministry, the Dutch Ministry of Education, the German federal government, and Swedish federal government agencies are using Nextcloud-based private clouds – computing services offered either over the Internet or a private internal network and to specific users instead of the general public.
Nextcloud Marketing Manager Jos Poortvliet said European governments are starting to take digital sovereignty more and more seriously, moving away from cloud solutions from large, centralised, foreign firms.
A spokesman for the French Interior Ministry said the French government cares deeply about the safety of the data of its citizens and employees. With the on-premises content collaboration platform Nextcloud we have opted for a secure, easy to use solution from the leading European vendor.
Both the French and German governments host Nextcloud internally, meaning it can’t be reached from the outside and it firewalls the data from the wider internet.
The Swedish Government has moved to Nextcloud citing national security and sovereignty concerns
The Swedish government said in an international crisis or conflict, the willingness and ability of other countries to access, manipulate or deny access to information handled by a service provider needed to be considered.
The Dutch Education Ministry has migrated to Nextcloud, with government departments in Switzerland, Albania and Norway all making the move to the European designed Nextcloud.