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Commissioners Publish Cloud Guidance for SMEs

CLOUD COMPUTING

June 15, 2012

The privacy commissioners of Canada, Alberta and British Columbia have published guidance to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) understand the benefits and risks of using cloud-based services. “In general, the smaller a business, the less likely it is to have the budget to keep a dedicated, full-time chief privacy officer on staff,” said federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. “This guidance is designed to help SMEs understand their responsibilities and how to help safeguard their reputations when considering and using cloud services.” The guidance includes insight on contracts and third-party disclosures, applicable laws, customer consent and data protection.
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