According to the Business Software Alliance’s (BSA) “Global Cloud Computing Scorecard”, Germany is ready for the cloud computing age, ranking at a spectacular No. 3, ahead of such cloud computing powerhouses as the United States, Italy and Poland! If you’re interested in the methodology (a word that my spell check has never heard of) uses by the BSA, go here. Either way, the result is interesting. Because, and I know I’m repeating myself, if you ask data protection practitioners in Germany, “ready” is certainly not the term that comes to mind when dealing with the cloud. Continue reading
The International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications, a working group of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (no entry in the Wikipedia. Should that make us think?), established and still run by the head of the data protection authority of the federal state of Berlin, has published a working paper with recommendations regarding the use of cloud computing services by companies and public authorities. They’ve called it the “Sopot Memorandum“. Conference pros never fail to pick one of the nicer and more interesting spots to meet, do they?
Starting from the usual analysis (cloud computing is risky with respect to privacy, data protection “and other legal issues”, you know the deal), the Working Group, essentially, recommends: Continue reading