The Swedish government has said it will not set up a cloud framework for the procurement of public sector contracts, claiming that it would receive "zero tenders".
Sweden's National Purchasing Center carried out a six-month review on the viability of such a framework. It found that suppliers in the Swedish market would not be able to meet its technical or legal requirements.
It did highlight Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite as being "two services that would meet the functional requirements", but said that both would not meet Sweden's legal conditions.
In addition to GDPR, Sweden has new data privacy legislation such as the NIS Directive and the Security Act.
The centre's IT procurement lawyer Arman Borghem also pointed to US legislation, specifically the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), which enables US intelligence agencies to obtain information about non-US citizens.
"We see concerns here from a privacy perspective. If the supplier operating the service is met by foreign law, which says that they can be forced to hand out information to another country then it is no longer okay," she said, translated from the original Swedish.
"An agreement with such a supplier can hardly guarantee that the supplier will never disclose any information to another country's authorities."
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