European Data Protection Digest

Parliament Backs New Cloud Resolution

CLOUD COMPUTING—EU

December 19, 2013

The European Parliament is backing a new cloud computing resolution “in response to actions the European Commission (EC) has set out under its cloud computing strategy,” Out-Law.com reports. The EC is engaging the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to help determine the new standards required for cloud services, the report states. In their resolution, MEPs welcomed ETSI's participation, noting the standards "should enable easy and complete data and service portability, and a high degree of interoperability between cloud services, in order to increase rather than limit competitiveness.” The resolution also asks the commission to provide guidelines for businesses to "ensure full compliance with the EU’s fundamental rights and data protection obligations."
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