Will Cloud Computing Lead to Data Protection Act Update?
Cloud computing is the future. That is if you ask anyone in Silicon Valley or people involved in the tech industry (from designers to entrepreneurial CEOs). Cloud computing allows you to access your data from anywhere in the world. You no longer save files to your computer, but to a virtual server. You can then easily log into the server and access your files from anywhere in the world. This has many benefits – costs, lack of location limitations and so on. More and more businesses are also turning to cloud computing. For businesses, cloud computing has many benefits. Many people will be accustomed with hot desking in an office. For people that need to work in different locations, being able to quickly and easily log into your work account is vital. However, cloud computing goes one step further and effectively allows you to access your files from any computer in the world – not just one that is already connected to the company server. For businesses, perhaps the biggest benefit is the cost reduction over traditional servers. Servers can be expensive and hosting even more so. For a company that has a large amount of data – or indeed a large amount of bandwidth use – upgrading server space is a constant worry and ultimately an economic decision. Cloud computing, because it is virtual, is cheaper than traditional data servers. As technology continues to increase and broadband speeds get faster and cheaper, it is easy to see why more and more companies will turn to cloud computing as way of cutting costs. But, cloud computing brings with it a new set of risks. Data centres can be huge complexes that would not look out of place in a science fiction movie. To ensure customer peace of mind, companies managing data centres will go to great lengths to ensure servers are safe and protected. There will be continued human security, CCTV and the latest security technology to ensure that the building itself is safe. Additionally the centres often have climate control infrastructure and way to suppress any fire damage. And yet, this is brings up question for virtual servers – how can you look after data when you cannot see it? The Data Protection Act has a many guidelines that all companies and individuals must follow should they retain personal information about someone else. Data must be kept secure, must not be shared, must be kept within the European Economic Area and so on. For data stored on virtual servers this creates questions. Who is to say that cloud computing servers can ensure they are in the EEA? Additionally, could cloud computing be less safe in terms of potential hacks? It will be interesting to see whether the government responds to the new technology and update the Data Protection Act. It is easy to see how changing technology often creates problems for existing legislation. IBB Solicitors are recognised in The Legal 500 as a South East regional heavyweight. IBB Solicitors in London are recognised as leaders and experts across a number of areas by the UK's independent legal directories. Good London solicitors are crucial in legal matters and IBB is regarded as a region leader.