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Who's responsible for personal data in cloud computing?

(ComputerworldUK) Cloud Vision Blog posted by Kuan Hon

A summary of the Cloud Legal Project at Queen Mary University London's papers on responsibility for personal data in the cloud is discussed in this posting.

Click here to read the ComputerworldUK blog post.

Click here to read the " 'Personal Data' in Cloud Computing - What Information is Regulated? The Cloud of Unknowing, Part 1" paper.

Click here to read the "Who is Responsible for 'Personal Data' in Cloud Computing? The Cloud of Unknowing, Part 2"



High Court: Digital Economy Act is both Legal and Proportionate

The High Court in London ruled that the Digital Economy Act 2010 and related draft Order are both legal and proportionate. The Judicial Review was brought by BT and Talk Talk with regards to the obligations imposed on them in relation to peer-to-peer sharing of copyright material. They complained that "the online infringement of copyright provisions ("the contested provisions") of the Digital Economy Act 2010 ("the DEA 2010") and the Copyright (Initial Obligations) (Sharing of Costs) Order 2011, currently laid before Parliament ("the draft Costs Order") are incompatible with a number of provisions of EU law".

Click here to read the full judgment.


Net Neutrality review launched by the European Commission

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda "the internet belongs to all of us" press conference on the publication of the Commission's report on net neutrality which it says "underlines the right of citizens and businesses to have easy access to an open and neutral internet".

Click here to read a transcript of the press conference.

Click here to read the Commission's report.


EU to probe online data traffic management

(Financial Times) By Stanley Pignal and Andrew Parker 

Regulators are to launch the first pan-European investigation into telecoms companies’ controversial data traffic management practices, in an attempt to safeguard so-called net neutrality principles.

European regulators will scrutinise whether fixed-line phone and mobile operators are giving consumers enough information about their traffic management policies, which can slow down customers’ internet connections. 

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Google faces S Korea antitrust complaint

(Financial Times) By Song Jung-a

South Korea’s top internet providers have launched an antitrust complaint against Google, alleging that the US group is stifling competition in the domestic mobile search market.

NHN, which runs Naver, the country’s leading search engine, and Daum Communications filed a petition with the country’s Fair Trade Commission on Friday, asking the antitrust watchdog to look into Google’s business practices in Korea.

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Guest Post: Mike Mudd on the APEC Cloud

(Business Cloud News) By Mike Mudd

There is plenty of buzz in the media about ‘Cloud Computing’ and how it will – or is, dependent on your viewpoint – transforming large-scale enterprise systems in the private sector.

But what is really exciting is the way it has the potential to be a transforming force for the public sector as well. Even more so in APEC economies, where, apart from the obvious cost and space-saving benefits applicable to both the private and public sector, governments have additional demands in that their IT systems are increasingly part of the memory and cultural history of the nation.

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Cloud Computing's Trillions & Trillions of Transactions

(Sys-Con Media) By Roger Strukhoff

"We are already beyond the hype and into the adoption cycle for cloud computing, with hundreds of companies and thousands of developers delivering products now," said Michael Mudd from the Open Computing Alliance at a recent Asian Cloud event at the Dusit Thani hotel in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Citing Gartner figures, Mudd spoke of a 25% CAGR for Cloud worldwide through the year 2020--"this means there will be more than 2 trillion financial transactions alone, running on 31 billion devices and 25 million applications," he said.

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Digital Agenda: how cloud computing can boost Europe's competitiveness

(EU Press Release)

Cloud computing is one of the key enabling information technologies that can help European businesses –especially SMEs – to drastically reduce IT costs, help governments supply services at a lower cost to citizens and make computing much more energy efficient. The promotion of cloud computing in Europe is therefore an important objective of the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200).

A major potential advantage of cloud computing for companies and public administrations is that they no longer need to install and maintain software and computing equipment of their own, nor manage data storage facilities in-house. Instead, they can enjoy remote access, through networks such as the internet, to state-of-the-art software and data storage systems offered by specialist outside suppliers and so take advantage of much more affordable and efficient IT systems.

Some examples of EU-funded projects in the field of cloud computing are also listed.

Click here to read the press release.

For more information click here.

To find out more about CeBIT 2011 click here.

Click here for the Digital Agenda website.

Click here for Neelie Kroes' website.

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EC Decision is a Precedent for Future ICT Cases

The European Commission indicated today that its recent decision on the McAfee/Intel case will be a precedent for its approach toward cases in the ICT sector in the future. 

In the case the deal was cleared on a conditional basis after the parties agreed interoperability undertakings.

Click here to read the press release.

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