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Firms must not overlook document protection responsibility in cloud

January 27, 2014

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx recently issued a warning for organizations using the cloud, emphasizing the importance of document protection.

In an opinion titled "Unleashing the potential of Cloud Computing in Europe," Hustinx advocated for the creation of standard clauses for cloud computing contracts that would clearly define where responsibility lies regarding the protection of data stored in the cloud.

"We must ensure that cloud service providers do not avoid taking responsibility and that cloud customers are able to fulfil their data protection obligations. The complexity of cloud computing technology does not justify any lowering of data protection standards," wrote Hustinx.

Hustinx noted that currently, the organization utilizing the cloud, not the vendor, is responsible for all necessary document security.

However, as a recent study revealed, not every firm manages to achieve a sufficient level of protection when utilizing the cloud. Conducted by V3, the study found that among IT professionals working for U.K. businesses using the cloud, more than half believed their employers were ill-informed regarding relevant data protection laws.