Theme Week: Creating Cloud Norms While Keeping Innovation Alive
Cloud Computing and data privacy protection are becoming increasingly important subjects for policymakers and regulators to address, especially as technological capabilities are incorporated into every aspect of business and communication. Looking at ways to address cloud regulation includes many aspects – cyber security risks, consumer data protection, and business and compliance responsibilities, among other things. In addition, a critical component of the debate is finding the balance between regulations which protect against abuse while encouraging the innovation needed for economic growth.
As part of our new project "Transatlantic Digital Dialogue" we will be publishing expert articles about Cloud regulation, data protection, and privacy legislation from February 9-13. Cloud computing is an increasingly important technology for business and consumers, and how the government regulates or does not regulate the data inside the Cloud poses many questions to be addressed. Moreover, what policymakers decide in the EU will likely have big impacts for the US, particularly US companies working within the EU single market. This week several experts weigh in on how to best address Cloud Computing and data protection regulation.
February 9: Neal Cohen, Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University points out that current policy falls short when it comes to creating actual law, with frameworks and guidelines serving as the only current source of information for companies and their compliance teams.
February 10: Steve Durbin, Managing Director of the Information Security Forum addresses the complexities of the Cloud from the business side, particularly from a security and risk perspective. Lack of clear standards for businesses vis-à-vis Cloud data and its protection put the burden of risk management on an organization's IT or compliance department. Clear guidelines from regulators could help here.
February 11: Xenofon Kontargiris, Attorney at Law and researcher on Cloud Computing Regulation at University of Hamburg looks at how transatlantic policymakers could first agree on a unanimous and up-to-date definition of cloud computing which does not borrow from other pre-existing technologies. Kontargiris also includes a recommendation to track financial forecasts in the industry as a way for regulators to stay ahead of the tech curve rather than constantly lagging behind it.
February 12: Dr. Olga Kolesnichenko, Editor-in-Chief of the E-Bulletin "Security Analysis", and Dr. Gennady Smorodin, Head of EMC Academic Alliance Russia and CIS, detail a more integrated approach for dealing with the Cloud, outlining the different kinds of security the Cloud needs, as well as advocating for IT and computer science experts to have a place at the policymaking table when drafting legislation that deals with such tech-savvy subjects like the Cloud.
February 13: Dr. Jatinder Singh and Dr. Julia Powles, researchers at Cambridge University on Cloud Regulation and Patent Law, expand on the larger data privacy debate with a recommendation to increase transparency within the Cloud service, suggesting that greater transparency and control over internal workings will help to address the concerns over the Cloud's role as a fiduciary and protector of confidential and sensitive information.
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