Data Privacy Compliance in the Cloud
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Understand Cloud and Data Protection Law in only 4 easy steps. Plus highly relevant legal information for 33 countries. Provided by EuroCloud and 53 European lawyers.

Cloud And Data Protection – A Challenge to Users

12.10.2017

Is your cloud compliant? Cloud experts Dr. Tobias Höllwarth, Dr. Jens Eckhardt, Christian Laux, and Dr. Clemens Thiele explore the key elements of the EuroCloud Cloud Privacy Check (CPC), a method to quickly ascertain the legality of a cloud computing solution and to easily determine the appropriate legal action items required by law.

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.

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WHAT IS THE DPC/CPC PROJECT?

53 lawyers from 33 countries are contributing to the project “Data Privacy Compliance (DPC)/Cloud Privacy Check (CPC)” in 26 different languages.

Understanding the complexity of current European data protection laws and regulations is already difficult enough for an IT engineer, buyer, or business user. In combination with the often small but nevertheless significant differences between various EU member states, however, it can become an almost insurmountable challenge without proper juristic accompaniment from the very start... Read More

 

CPC MISSION & VISION STATEMENT, 2018

The CPC is a trusted, not-for-profit international network of qualified professionals who deliver simplified and straight-forward guidance to help navigate the legal and regulatory environment relating to privacy and the cloud. This is done through collective know-how, research and market analysis gained from pan-European industry activity, collaboration and experience. Our mission is to provide authoritative views, information and practical solutions to two principal stakeholders: industry professionals and public authorities.