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Expert Warns Businesses To Be Vigilant on Cloud Computing

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

October 14, 2011

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on warnings conveyed by Australian Computer Society President Anthony Wong, who says that organisations must ensure that data stored by overseas cloud providers does not violate Australian laws that require consumer privacy and corporate record retention, among others. Wong says that businesses should weigh the use of cloud computing against the responsibilities required under Australian legislation. "When a business decides to go into the cloud, they have to look at the sensitivity of their information and decide what level of security the cloud provider must have," Wong says. "Businesses should address it right from the start...Courts are not likely to be understanding (of governance shortfalls) just because your data is in the cloud."
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