Brett Winterford reports:
Changes to privacy legislation under consideration by the Federal Government should pose serious concerns for businesses embracing cloud computing, according to a leading intellectual property lawyer.
A revised Privacy Principle 8, released in an exposure draft [PDF] [see page 17] in June 2010, creates new requirements for organisations outsourcing data that identifies Australian citizens to offshore data centres.
Specifically, Privacy Principle 8 requires that any organisation storing information that identifies Australian citizens in overseas data centres must ensure that the organisation hosting that data offers the same protections as what is stated in Australia’s Privacy Principles.
The revised Privacy Principles won’t be debated until mid-2011. But if passed, these laws could have serious repercussions for customers hosting data offshore.
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