Tackling Data Protection in the Cloud


In this article, published in Data Protection Ireland, Colin Rooney examines the practical points of the recently published Working Party Opinion on cloud computing.

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Opinion 05/12 on Cloud Computing (the ‘Opinion’) is aimed at assisting those who choose to engage a cloud computing service provider to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) (the ‘Directive’).  Cloud computing solutions, notably in the form of third party processing services, have dramatically increased in popularity over the last few years. While the continuing adoption of cloud computing is to be welcomed, it does present certain legal challenges and risks.

In issuing the Opinion, it seems the Working Party are encouraging organisations that are planning to engage cloud providers to ensure they understand how and where their data are stored and, importantly, which parties can access such data.

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This article first appeared in Data Protection Ireland: Volume 5, Issue 4 and is kindly republished with the permission ofPDP.

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