As companies of all sizes begin to store data in the cloud, privacy issues have become big news. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak commented on the cloud, saying that “the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.”[1] A major problem for companies is a lack of control over data. Companies often depend on service providers to secure, protect, and maintain access to critical company information. The issues companies face as they try to keep data compliant in the cloud don’t end there. Privacy laws are more common and carry stricter requirements and penalties. This means it’s vital to comply with personally identifiable information (PII) mandates, including jurisdiction-specific requirements, no matter where your information is stored.

In response to jurisdictional issues and confusion over inconsistent Data Privacy Security and Transfer Requirements, a group of 44 lawyers from 32 countries took action. They created an initiative titled “The Data Privacy Compliance Cloud Privacy Check” (CPC/DPC) to provide straightforward guidance.[2]  By providing a “Cloud Privacy Check process,” the CPC/DPC helps cloud users navigate data protection obligations. The questions include...

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Author: Jennifer Chadband, Senior Records Analyst at Zasio Enterprises, Inc.