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EC Releases Cloud Strategy; ICO Releases Guidelines

CLOUD COMPUTING—EU & UK

September 27, 2012

The European Commission (EC) has released a new strategy for “unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe.” Among the “key actions” in the strategy are “Cutting through the jungle of technical standards so that cloud users get interoperability, data portability and reversibility,” EU-wide certification schemes and a European Cloud Partnership with member states. EC Vice President Viviane Reding said the strategy “will enhance trust in innovative computing solutions and boost a competitive digital single market where Europeans feel safe,” adding, “That means swift adoption of the new data protection framework…” Meanwhile, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has published guidelines on the responsible use of cloud computing. Editor’s Note: The IAPP will host the web conference EU Cloud Computing Privacy Guidance next Thursday, October 4 at 11 a.m. EDT.
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