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Commissioner Warns Gov't Agencies of Cloud's Risks

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

May 3, 2011

The desire to reduce costs by using cloud computing should be weighed against the risk factors, warns Victoria Privacy Commissioner Helen Versey. State government entities that store data in a cloud hosted internationally complicate the state government's ability to protect the data from misuse, loss and unauthorized access, Versey said, adding that it "may even be possible for foreign governments to access the information if that government requires it. By using a cloud service, the government agency is relinquishing some--if not all--control over their data." Versey this week released a decision-making guide on cloud computing, The Australian reports.
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