Cloud usage by Public Sector to be seriously probed by European Data Protection Board

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In coming weeks, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has decided to launch a serious probe into the use of cloud services by the public sector. Therefore, from May 2022 around 22 national authorities across the European Economic Area (EEA) will be asked to probe firms operating in/for healthcare, finance, tax, and IT services/

Highly placed sources say that the investigation will begin with a national level questionnaire, followed by a high level inquiry depending on the answers.

Precisely speaking, many of the public sector companies were found adopting cloud culture because of the COVID-19 pandemic initiated lockdowns. And EDPB found that many of such businesses that opted for a digital transformation were not following the basics, putting data of customers to multiple cyber risks.

EDPB will investigate such blunders pertaining to data protection GDPR compliance and will report to supervising authorities about anomalies related to privacy, security and compliance issues.

Companies operating in EU should abide by the laws prevailing in UK and make it mandatory for the service offering companies to restrict data movement in Europe.

France-based regulator CNIL stated that it will consider data transit to countries like United States illegal and will also keep a watch on the information being used by companies like Google for Analytics; at-least in its region.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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