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A cloud compliance checklist for the GDPR age
This article is part of the CW Middle East issue of April-June 2019
UK businesses are among Europe’s leading adopters of cloud storage and computing. According to Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, 41.9% of UK enterprises use the cloud – ahead of France, Germany, Italy and Spain – and UK enterprises are most likely to use cloud services for file storage, cloud-based email and office software. As a result, businesses are almost certain to be storing sensitive and personal data in the cloud. Cloud compliance then becomes a key issue. Since the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force last year, organisations handling personal data have been inundated with information and advice on how to keep up with the new rules. But GDPR – now enshrined in the Data Protection Act 2018 – is just one piece of legislation firms need to keep up with. CIOs might also need to consider the EU’s ePrivacy Directive, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, and the UK’s Digital Economy Act, 2017. Industry rules, rather than laws, drive others, such as the PCI-DSS standard for card ...
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