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Regulator moves to remind businesses of data responsibilities as more look to cloud computing to process personal information
London, UK, 27 September 2012 — /BackupReview.info/ — The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidelines to businesses today to underline that companies remain responsible for how personal data is looked after, even if they pass it to cloud network providers.
More and more businesses are looking to use cloud computing, with the economies of scale they offer giving access to a range of computer technologies and expertise that would be difficult to afford in-house.
But data protection regulator ICO is concerned that many businesses do not realise they remain responsible for how the data is looked after, even after passing it to the cloud network provider.
That’s prompted the ICO to produce a guide to cloud computing, to help businesses comply with the law. The guide gives tips including:
Speaking as the guide was launched, author Dr Simon Rice, ICO technology policy advisor, said:
The ICO recently issued a monetary penalty of £250,000 to Scottish Borders Council, after it failed to properly manage a company it had employed to digitise pension records. The council did not have a contract with the contractor, and hadn’t made the necessary security checks.
Simon added: “Figures show that consumers are concerned about how secure their data is when they use cloud storage themselves. It takes little imagination to consider that businesses not reflecting those concerns will quickly find themselves losing customers’ good will.”
A recent online YouGov survey commissioned by the ICO found that 46 per cent of UK adults online who use cloud storage are concerned about the security of their information in cloud storage.
The survey also found that only 39 per cent of adults online realised that social media used cloud storage to store personal data, while 46 per cent did not realise that by hosting their information on cloud servers, their information could be being stored anywhere in the world.
Notes to Editors
2. The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
3. Anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles of the Data Protection Act, which make sure that personal information is:
4. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2155 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 6th – 9th September 2012. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).
5. The ICO is on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and produces a monthly e-newsletter.
6. For more information, please contact the ICO press office on 0303 123 9070.
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