It is unclear if he provided the password while agreeing to the fine.
Like most things this I'm guessing this comes down to money (not that that's always a bad thing).
In many market segments (think government, healthcare) data residency requirements are build into any contracts. Having a European data center likely allows them to big and win business in these markets.
How is this any different from the LifeStraw?
Having the filter in a piece of paper seems less practical and more prone to error i.e. water spilling over the side. You also require multiple containers. A dirty container from which to pour the water, and a clean container for storage.
Note: I am in no way affiliated with LifeStraw and have never used the product.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that law enforcement authorities need a probable-cause warrant from a judge to affix a GPS device to a vehicle and monitor its every move.
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