UN trade and development body Unctad has released a report stating developing countries need to “adopt and enforce privacy and data protection laws” in order to bridge the “digital divide” that has arisen as a result of cloud computing. The Guardian reports that as of 2013, 101 countries had data privacy laws or bills, but only 40 developing economies could say the same. While the cloud provides many benefits, such economies must also be aware of the risks. Privacy International’s Carly Nyst said in developing countries, the absence of privacy laws and “weak accountability mechanisms” means cloud data is vulnerable, and no government or company should promote cloud services before ensuring privacy.
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