European Data Protection Digest

Kroes: EC Proposal Would Promote Cloud Adoption

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

February 3, 2012

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, European Commission (EC) Vice President Neelie Kroes said that the EC's recently proposed data protection framework would improve online privacy while promoting cloud use, reports ComputerWeekly. By creating a single set of rules and enforcement agency, the proposal makes it easier "to operate clouds both within and outside our single market," said Kroes, adding, "Cloud users should not have to guess where their provider is: if a company offers goods or services to people in the EU, or is monitoring them...Our rules should apply to the data." In the coming weeks, Kroes said she will lay out a "cloud-friendly" legal framework as well as updates on the progress of security and interoperability mechanisms.
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