European Data Protection Digest

Data Security Hampering Cloud Adoption

DATA PROTECTION—EU

December 2, 2011

Companies providing cloud services will likely face audits on their personal data security practices, reports EurActiv. European Commission sources say audits and liability clauses will be considered in an effort to harmonise legal regimes around cloud adoption, the report states, adding that security concerns around cloud storage are the number one impediment to the cloud's success in Europe. Safe Harbor rules are not enough to quell those concerns, EU officials say. "The major problem for the cloud is the different implementation of the Data Protection Directive in different member states," said a commission source. For example, the medical data of cows are not permitted to be transferred outside of one country.
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