The European Commission (EC) has released a proposal that considers standardizing terms and conditions for using cloud computing services, how to address cloud security and who is responsible for data protection in the cloud. OUT-LAW News reports that the commission is looking to businesses and public organizations for feedback on its consultation on "data protection and liability questions, in particular in cross-border situations." The consultation looks at the existing legal framework for data protection in the cloud and asks respondents for specific updates that could be applied to the EU Data Protection Directive. Neelie Kroes, EC vice president for the digital agenda, said businesses can benefit from lower costs, improved services and new opportunities that come with cloud computing, adding, "We need a well-defined cloud computing strategy to ensure that we make the best use of this potential."
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