The European Commission has launched today a call for applications for experts to work on identifying safe and fair contract terms for cloud computing services. The experts will help identifying options for addressing concerns of consumers and companies, who often seem reluctant to use cloud computing services because contracts are either unclear or unbalanced in favour of service providers. The move is part of the Commission’s push to enhance trust in cloud computing services and unlock their potential for boosting economic productivity in Europe and is one of the key actions under the Commission’s Cloud Computing Communication, which was adopted last year.
“Contract Law is an important part of our cloud computing strategy. Making full use of the cloud could deliver 2.5 million extra jobs in Europe, and add around 1% a year to EU GDP by 2020,” said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner. “Uncertainty around cloud computing contracts may hinder cross-border trade. As this is a very complex area, we are asking experts for advice before we decide on the next steps.” Today’s call for experts will help the Commission to identify best practices and terms and conditions for cloud computing contracts. A future expert group in this area could also work on personal data protection aspects relevant to cloud computing contracts. The experts will represent cloud services providers, consumers and small firms, academia and legal professionals. Their work will contribute to the Commission’s Cloud Computing Strategy, aiming at facilitating the up-take and development of cloud computing services in the EU – a sector that has significant economic potential. Here to read more.