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Privacy Minister: New Regime for Cloud Computing

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

April 7, 2011

A government minister has indicated that new principles will be put in place to better protect citizens' data in the cloud computing environment, News.com.au reports. Privacy Minister Brendan O'Connor said the jurisdiction issues that come with cloud computing are troublesome and that "businesses need to think carefully about who and where they are sending personal information and about what privacy protections, if any, the recipients of the information have." He added that, "Under the new regime, before an entity can disclose personal information outside Australia, it will be required to take such steps...to ensure that the overseas recipient does not breach the Australian Privacy Principles."
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