Cloud And Data Protection – A Challenge to Users
Cloud” is the collective term for server-based offerings for data processing.
Cloud computing has become an essential element of the IT sourcing strategy for many companies.
IT, legal, and procurement staff in companies are faced with the fact that comprehensive know-how in many areas — not only in technology — is now necessary if cloud services are to be used responsibly, economically, and in a way that is legally compliant with the regulatory frameworks that apply.
There is no way around data protection when planning cloud services. For companies, the use of cloud services often implies that personal data of others are stored and processed on IT infrastructures of cloud service providers. Thus, data protection aspects inevitably should be taken into account from the very beginning.
The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become binding in all EU countries as of 25 May 2018. It establishes a fundamental and modern legal framework that impacts many aspects of cloud computing – on technical, organizational, and economic layers.
The GDPR impacts enterprises not only within the EU, but also abroad. With this, the EU is sending a clear signal with the intention of showing how a society can react to rapidly changing technical circumstances.
But the GDPR is a challenge for many companies – for providers and users of modern IT services alike. This challenge should not be underestimated, and it is a must to prepare for it ahead of time.