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Legal Update

Cloud Computing – Article 29 Working Party Guidance on EU Privacy and Security Concerns

11 July 2012
Mayer Brown Legal Update

The Article 29 Working Party established under the EU data privacy legislation published an opinion on 1 July 2012 addressing the data privacy compliance concerns associated with the use of cloud computing solutions. The working party identifies the concerns as falling into two categories:

  • lack of control;

    - cloud clients lose control of the technical and organisational measures necessary to ensure the availability, integrity, confidentiality, transparency, isolation and portability of data;
  • lack of information processing;

    - insufficient information about a cloud services processing operations poses a risk to controllers as well as to data subjects because they might not be aware of potential threats and risks and therefore cannot take measures they deem appropriate.


  • Mark A. Prinsley
    T +44 20 3130 3900
  • Oliver Yaros
    T +44 20 3130 3698
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