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EDPS Calls for Provider, User Responsibility

CLOUD COMPUTING—EU

November 16, 2012

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx has released his opinion on the European Commission communication on “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe.” The opinion highlights data protection challenges and how the proposed data protection regulation will address them. The commission’s communication proposes key actions and steps to accelerate cloud computing services in Europe. The EDPS notes cloud computing can “bring enormous benefits” but adequate protection must be provided, adding that cloud providers must take responsibility and cloud customers fulfill data protection obligations. “The complexity of cloud computing technology does not justify any lowering of data protection standards,” the EDPS said.
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