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One percent of cloud providers meet proposed EU Data Protection requirements

Firms have a year to get their house in order
Tue Aug 12 2014, 09:39
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RESEARCH SUGGESTS that cloud providers will have to scramble to meet proposed European data protection rules that come into place next year.

A study has found that just one out of every one hundred providers is likely to comply with proposed standards, and risk falling afoul of EU regulators' displeasure.

Cloud company Skyhigh Networks conducted the survey based on the 7,000 cloud companies in its network.

Cloud firms have a lot to think about. There are security procedures to go through, legislative rules, data protection rules, and now the 'right to be forgotten'. Skyhigh said that just one out of every 100 companies will be able to jump the regulatory hurdles.

"It's staggering how few cloud providers are prepared for the new EU regulations but, fortunately, there's still time for providers to get into shape. This means addressing a number of complex issues now, such as the right to be forgotten, as well as implementing data protection policies that meet these new standards," said Skyhigh Networks EMEA director Charlie Howe.

"For cloud providers this will inevitably require additional resources and expenditures, but it's a snip given the proposed penalties for violating the new laws, which can be up to five percent of a company's annual revenue or up to €100 million."

The 'right to be forgotten' is one of the most recent and complicated rule changes and Howe said that it is very likely to trip up providers as they rush to comply with it.

"One of the most well-publicised and controversial amendments to the new regulation is the right for individuals to request deletion of data identifying them. It's a complex issue but, given the media interest surrounding it, one that's unlikely to blindside cloud providers," he added.

"With this in mind, it's fair to say that the right to be forgotten could turn out to be a massive headache for many organisations - cloud service providers themselves and those companies using these services - it's not just an issue for Google."

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