Thursday, 31 October 2013

Work on European cloud computing contract terms got off the ground

This week the European Commission formalised an expert group that is supposed to elaborate on potential European rules for cloud computing contracts, which could be implemented through an optional instrument. At the moment, consumers and SMEs are somewhat reluctant to use cloud computing services due to uncertainties as to their rights, obligations, and in general the functioning of cloud computing and its security. Current proposal for the Common European Sales Law regulation does not address many issues of cloud computing, therefore, the task of the new Expert Group would be to isolate these problems and to draft contract terms for consumers and SMEs that would provide more security to cloud computing contracts. The report is expected back in spring 2014. (European Commission takes another leap to boost cloud computing)