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Commission, ICO Release Cloud Guidance

CLOUD COMPUTING—EU & UK

October 1, 2012

The European Commission and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) both released guidelines on cloud computing last week, SC Magazine reports. EU Digital Affairs Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced plans for the development of European standards and certifications on the technology by 2013, estimating it could boost the private-sector and public-services economies by €160 billion within years. “But this can only happen if we get the policies right,” said Kroes. The ICO issued guidance reminding businesses they are responsible for the data they store in the cloud, regardless of who processes it. Meanwhile, a survey has found regulatory and privacy issues among the reasons widespread cloud adoption is slow.
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