MITLA par­tic­i­pates in the Cloud Pri­vacy Check Project

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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/

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