The European Commission believes it is only "logical" that companies providing cloud services over the Internet face audits on whether they are keeping their promises on personal data security. The Commission would like to increase cloud providers' accountability to their users in an upcoming EU "Cloud Strategy", due out next year.
Audits and liability clauses are just two ways the EU is considering to harmonise the 27 national legal regimes hampering cloud adoption, say Commission sources. Cloud services such as Apple's iCloud, Microsoft's Windows Live or Dropbox allow users to store digital music, photos or other documents in data centres, while business can outsource their entire operations using platforms and infrastructure in the proverbial cloud.
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