European Commision public consultation on cloud computing

Alastair Aitken 13 December 2011 0




The European Commission recently held a public consultation on cloud computing in Europe. Between 16 May 2011 and 31 August 2011, there were 538 responses.

In precis, the general opinions were:

  • rights and responsibilities are unclear
  • liability is unclear in cross-border situations
  • half the companies who responded and only one-third of individuals claimed to be relatively clear about which jurisdiction applied
  • around 83% would find guidelines and checklists useful
  • opinions were divided on whether updates to the EU Data Protection Directive would
  • facilitate cloud computing while preserving privacy
  • the need for future research to improve current cloud computing commercial offerings was
  • broadly accepted

In conclusion, the implementation of cloud computing is confused by the EU legal framework and clarification is required on rights, responsibilities, data protection and liability, especially in cross-border situations. Further, the EU legal framework needs to be defined in conjunction with international agreements on principles such as certification, data protection and security.




Alastair Aitken (124 Posts)

As a contract developer and manager I’ve worked in a wide range of enterprises in a variety of countries where I’ve encountered everything from great work, awful work, bizarre work, all the way down to quasi-legal work. If you think that you recognise your own organisation within my articles then you’re undoubtedly wrong, where you work isn’t that unique.

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