Call for Articles: EU Regulation on Cloud Computing and Transatlantic Data Protection Norms
What are the risks and benefits of cloud computing across national borders? How should EU regulators manage these rapid changes in technology?
The surge in cloud computing in recent years to manage Big Data has also meant a greater need to revisit existing data protection regulation.
How the EU approaches this subject will be critical for the coming years, and steps taken now can serve as guideposts for larger regulatory philosophy for both the US and the EU in the future.
This year's first Theme Week will focus on cloud technology and data protection and privacy laws. Technological innovations such as the cloud typically appear through entrepreneurial start-up environments and can become popular with businesses and consumers long before regulators attempt to define it, understand all the risks and benefits, or pass legislation that protects against abuse while also upholding social accountability of civil liberties and the ability of tech companies to innovate.
The EU's philosophy on cloud technology and data protection will be critical to the future policy discussions on both sides of the Atlantic. The current EU Directive on the adequacy of the protection of personal data in third countries does not recognize the US's data protection framework as sufficient. To bridge this gap, the European Commission and US Department of Commerce created the Safe Harbor Framework.
The location of data hosting is also an important component of cloud computing, and there has even been talk of a "European Cloud" and a "localization" process, in which EU member states would host the cloud service within their own country, mitigating some of the risks that come with foreign host storage.
This Theme Week will focus on the following question: How could EU lawmakers approach cloud computing and data privacy regulation so that technological innovation and growth can still occur alongside compliance and protection against abuse? More specifically, how should the EU regulate cloud technology in a business to business setting (B2B) without lagging too far behind in policy initiatives?
We need our members to submit articles on this topic. These articles must be between 500 and 700 words long, in the form of op-ed articles, and set out clear recommendations for how the EU should approach cloud technology regulation and data protection policy. For some helpful advice on how to write the article, you should take a look at our guidelines. If you are considering writing an article, or have any questions about the Theme Week, please get in touch with the editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you.
The deadline for the submission is Sunday, February 8th. The best articles submitted by our members will be published during our Theme Week, alongside articles written by leading experts in the field. This is your chance to influence transatlantic policy, so make sure you get involved.
Deadline for Articles: Sunday, February 8th
This Theme Week is supported financially by IBM Germany (See our governance rules)
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