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UK issues Cloud Computing Guidance

In September the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued updated guidance on cloud computing. The Guidance makes it clear that organisations remain obliged to ensure data is handled responsibly, even when the data is passed to a cloud provider.

Earlier in the year the French regulator, the CNIL, issued guidance on cloud services, suggesting that data controllers might not have all the information they need to protect data when using the cloud. The guidance goes on to say that contractual clauses might be used to elevate that lack of knowledge.

The UK guidance provides useful advice for controllers who store data in the cloud, much of which will be common sense. However, the message is clear, if you are going to use the cloud then you should ensure adequate measures are in place to protect data. 

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