European Data Protection Digest

Cloud Providers Warn Against Over-Regulation

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

October 14, 2011

An AT&T Europe representative told EUObserver that while data security in cloud computing is generally better than what people use at home, fear is "creating barriers in the development of the new systems. It's important not to over-legislate in a sector that is still developing." Karim Lesima also said that the possibility for a requirement on where data is stored is one of the biggest potential problems with legislation in Europe. But--because of the nature of the cloud--a World Economic Forum report says that without a geographical requirement, inconsistencies in jurisdiction could become a problem in the case of a breach, adding, "Governments worry about losing the legal ability to 'oversee' data in the cloud and apply their laws to the cloud." 
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