The E.U. is raising concerns about the privacy protections offered by cloud services provided by U.S. companies such as AMZN, MSFT, and GOOG. In the E.U.'s view, the Patriot Act could grant the U.S. government access to such data, even if it belongs to European citizens and is hosted overseas. However, the U.S. clams its privacy protections are solid, and InfoWorld's David Linthicum thinks protectionism is at work.