PARIS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Defence company Thales (TCFP.PA) and Google are partnering to offer state-vetted cloud computing services for the storage of some of France’s most sensitive data, the companies said on Wednesday.
The alliance between Thales, Europe’s largest defence electronics supplier, and the Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit fulfils a May government plan under which France acknowledged U.S. technological superiority in the field. read more
The French government said then that cloud computing services developed by Google and Microsoft (MSFT.O) could be used to store France’s most sensitive state and corporate data, provided the services were licensed to French companies.
In their joint statement, Thales and Google Cloud said they will create a France-based company and Thales will be the majority shareholder.
That company will provide the whole range of Google Cloud’s services but its network and servers would be separate from those used for regular Google clients.
“The company is going to run Google software on its infrastructure… with layers of security to ensure cybersecurity and protection of data from extraterritorial rules,” said Marc Darmon, head of secure communications and information systems at Thales.
Google and Microsoft, along with market leader Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) Amazon Web Services, dominate cloud storage worldwide, fuelling concerns in Europe over the risk of surveillance by the United States in the wake of the adoption of the U.S. CLOUD Act of 2018.