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Cloud Computing May Violate German Data Privacy Laws
Tim Wybitul, Dr. Andrea Patzak and Dr. Guido Zeppenfeld

The term “Cloud Computing” is generally used to describe services through which a company accesses software applications, databases, infrastructure and related services via the Internet or other networks. The use of Cloud Computing is growing substantially worldwide due to the cost savings and other benefits it provides. Due to concerns regarding personal data protection and transfers, German data protection authorities want to impose tougher restrictions and requirements on both Cloud Computing and other outsourcing arrangements involving personal data. Companies need to ensure that they are complying with these strict new requirements. Failure to comply with these laws may result in substantial fines, civil lawsuits and reputational damages.

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