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CIO Council Releases Cloud Computing Framework

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

August 26, 2010

The federal CIO Council says agencies must be aware of the privacy concerns involved in storing personally identifiable information on the cloud, InformationWeek reports. In a new document outlining a proposed policy framework on privacy and the cloud, the CIOs warn that federal agencies should seek legal and privacy team counsel before moving data to the cloud, as providers are not necessarily bound by the same laws and regulations as the federal government when it comes to storing personally identifiable information. The document recommends agencies conduct a "Privacy Threshold Analysis" to determine whether a new system creates privacy risks, the report states. The council says a "thoughtfully considered" move to the cloud may actually enhance privacy.
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