The European Commission is finalising a strategy on cloud computing aimed at promoting the use of off-site data storage in a bid to cut information technology costs and create new jobs, according to a draft paper seen by EurActiv.
In a comprehensive communication, Brussels is planning to address several aspects of the cloud computing regulatory framework to encourage its use by companies and public administrations. “In particular, cloud computing is raising specific issues related to data protection and data retention, applicable law and liability and consumer protection,” reads an internal note seen by EurActiv. “The aspects of interoperability, standardisation and portability of data and applications will also be addressed. Issues raised in the G8 summit which may include measures against piracy, identity theft and online security will also be considered by the Commission,” adds the note which notes that the document will be on the agenda of the college of commissioners meeting on 25 July.