The pandemic highlighted even more clearly the problem Slovakia has with its own data. When asked about data policy, ministries mostly refer to the Ministry of Informatisation. However, it lacks clear competences. The forthcoming data law, which is facing hundreds of comments, could help.

Data from more than 533 million accounts of social network users, including phone numbers, emails, and marital status, was discovered on the web. One in five of the hacked accounts came from the EU. The most affected users were from Italy, France and Spain. Slovak, Romanian and Latvian accounts are unlikely to be among them.

EU leaders want to press the Commission to speed up the establishment of nine strategic dataspaces in the Union for nine specific sectors. But European data storage remains problematic. Up to 90 percent of it is "warehoused" across the Atlantic. The bloc is therefore planning billions of euros of investment in European clouds, but also in small data centres close to users.

The chip, which is being developed by the team around Radoslav Danilák, solves not only the efficiency but also the problem of power consumption of data centres. In 2030, they could gobble up up to half of the world's energy resources. US protectionism is getting stronger under Biden, and the EU is still going all out, which is why it doesn't have its own Google, Facebook or Intel, says Danilák.