MITLA participates in the Cloud Privacy Check Project
Lawyers from 32 countries have created the Cloud Privacy Check, the largest European information platform explaining data protection laws in the simplest possible terms and free of charge. The CPC makes national regulations directly comparable and easily accessible.
Understanding the complexity of current European data protection laws and regulations is already difficult enough for an IT engineer, buyer, or business user. Due to the often small, yet nevertheless significant, differences between various EU member states, comprehending the legal structures can be an almost insurmountable challenge.
Dr Gege Gatt, Vice President of the Malta IT Law Association, represented MITLA at the launch of the CPC project in Vienna. He stated: “Privacy is not merely a business-priority, it is a societal challenge which requires adaptive technical and legal know-how. The CPC tools offers the first level of information to make citizens and business-users more aware of the operative legislative provisions in Europe.”
Language is often a barrier. However it isn’t only the many different languages that make the interpretation of European privacy laws difficult. Cloud service providers and users alike are faced with major obstacles with regards to data protection law variants, causing European nations to suffer massive competitive disadvantages in comparison with, for example, the USA. This is itself a barrier to business.
The CPC project provides a vastly simplified approach. MITLA has collaborated with the CPC Project Leader, Dr Tobias Höllwarth (EuroCloud) and more than 40 legal professionals from all over Europe to produce this tool. The website cloudprivacycheck.eu hosts the Cloud Privacy Check tool, a visual infographic explaining the principles of data protection regulations in 26 languages, allowing information seekers to quickly understand key aspects of privacy law. Additionally, the Data Protection Compliance database provides highly relevant legal information for 32 countries that can easily be compared with each other.
Tobias Höllwarth (EuroCloud), founder of this project says: “This is a European project. With the CPC portal, we have created the largest European information platform explaining data protection laws in the simplest possible terms and free of charge, making 32 different national regulations directly comparable.”
Commenting on the project, Dr Gege Gatt stated: “The Malta IT Law Association is dedicated to advancement and development of information technology law. It actively researches and discusses developments taking place on the international plane and the present pan-European data protection laws have been an area of constant scrutiny. The CPC project has presented a managed resource of knowledge on the various subtleties of law as applied within the European Union. The data within the CPC is an excellent visual summary of key action items relevant to data protection compliance within a cloud environment and will be of great use to researches and business owners acting over multiple jurisdictions.”
ICON is organising a half-day session about Cloud Computing Law on 12 December 2016. Register here: http://www.mitla.org.mt/cloudcomputing-law-malta/