Our announcement of the first cloud infrastructures services declaring their adherence to the CISPE Data Protection Code of Conduct generated overwhelming interest across Europe and on the other side of the Atlantic. Around 100 specialized technology and internet media outlets reported on CISPE’s commitment to transparency for their customers, highlighting the appeal of more than 30 cloud services now operating under the CISPE Code of Conduct.

This is a major sign of security and compliance being taken seriously at the cloud infrastructure level. GDPR is a real concern and even a hurdle for the uninitiated circles in information security.

wrote Neil Cattermull

Neil Cattermull

Director, Comparethecloud

In response to this initiative by Europe’s infrastructure providers to raise levels of trust, reports in Politico’s Tech newsletter, EUObserver, Bloomberg TV, Computer Weekly and IAAP (the largest global information privacy community) to cite just a few, endorsed the importance of the CISPE pledge to protect their costumers data and make sure it will not be reused against their wishes, including, in particular, for the purposes of data mining, profiling or direct marketing. This wide media response matched the extensive coverage of the launch of CISPE in September 2016, when more than 100 media outlets from Le Monde to Politico Pro, La RepubblicaLa Informacion highlighted the relevance of the organisation to the sector.

This is a very positive step. I hope that this code will be approved for GDPR purposes, whether by the European Commission or a national data protection supervisory authority, to enable transfers to adhering cloud providers, even if they are outside the EU, as well as to help evidence their compliance generally.

interviewed by Out-Law.com

Kuan Hon

Data protection expert

The coverage also underlined how the Code offers concrete responses to the growing questions and needs of customers across Europe anticipating the application of the new European data protection regulation in 2018 and how it clarifies the allocation of responsibility between the customer and Cloud Infrastructure Service providers.“With the publication of its Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers, CISPE has already made significant progress in this space,” concluded comparethecloud.net.