01 May 2010

EU - EDPS - data protection & cloud computing

(Tech and Law)
European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx made a speech "Data Protection and Cloud Computing under EU law", for the Third European Cyber Security Awareness Day, 13 April 2010. The main challenges he sees in relation to applying the data protection legal framework to cloud computing are what role cloud computing providers play - controller or processor; determining whether EU law applies; international data transfers; ensuring more effective data protection - accountability, 'privacy by design', and if necessary even with some ‘privacy by default; processing data for purely personal purposes i.e. cloud computing services provided to end users who use them for purely personal purposes.