France and Germany have kicked off the GAIA-X cloud project, their lofty bid to manage dominant US and Chinese cloud giants in a European way, and address potential conflicts between EU privacy laws and the US Cloud Act.
German federal minister of economic affairs and energy Peter Altmaier and the French minister of economy and finance Bruno Le Maire unveiled the project last week, which was originally floated at a conference in Germany last October.
The project is establishing a Belgian non-profit, the GAIX-X Foundation, which would ensure member companies abide by its goals of data sovereignty, data availability, interoperability, portability, transparency and fair participation. It’s also published five documents explaining the project’s purpose and technical design.
As reported by Euractiv, Le Maire said the project aims for European sovereignty. “We are not China. We are not the United States. We