Cloud Computing Public Consultation – EC Publishes Final Report

The results of the public consultation on cloud computing organised in 2011 by the European Commission have just been published. For the majority of participants the European legal framework for cloud computing requires clarification on rights, responsibilities, data protection and liability, in particular in cross-border situations. Respondents emphasised the need for guidelines on good practice e.g. in contracting or for model terms and conditions. The public sector has also been put forward as a key player in developing common standards and for funding additional research on cloud computing. Finally, participants stressed the need for international agreements, on top of the resolution for the digital single market, considering the global nature of cloud computing. Read the Full Report