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International cloud computing guide is released

The International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications issued - on 24 April - a 'Working Paper on Cloud Computing - Privacy and data protection issues', which examines the processing of data in cloud computing environments. 'There is still uncertainty in relation to cloud computing, especially when it concerns privacy, data protection and other legal issues', reads the Guide.

'The recommendations in this paper are intended to help reduce that uncertainty'. In particular, the Guide recommends implementing data protection standards within the cloud, privacy impact and risk assessments, greater transparency, security, accountability and independent audit provisions.

''Further support may be needed, for example regulated sectors like the financial services should seek reinforcement of such guidelines from the FSA so cloud providers realise that such guidelines become not just best practice but the minimum benchmark, then the cloud industry could see more take-up of cloud in regulated sectors'', said Vinod Bange, Partner at Taylor Wessing LLP.

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