European Commission’s cloud plan too corporate, doesn’t tackle government surveillance

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PRLog (Press Release)Apr. 30, 2014GENEVA, Switzerland Private cloud supplier Penta calls on the European Commission’s cloud partnership initiative to consider better legal frameworks for privacy and data protection, broader SME representation, and fostering industry competitiveness.

“By letting governments and large corporations dictate policy, we risk creating a similar situation as in the US where net neutrality is being threatened by corporate interests to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice,” says Penta CEO Farhad Khalilnia.

In response to the call for opinions on the final report  by the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board published on March 18, Penta has submitted a series of recommendations [available at penta.ch/hosted_ images/20140430trustedcloudeurope/ Trusted_Cloud_ Europe_Penta% 20opinion.pdf]:

– Better privacy and data protection

– Corporate lobbying influencing policy and better SME representation

– Industry certification and regulation hampering agility, innovation and differentiation

“We welcome the initiative by the European Commission to create a sound business environment and strengthen the cloud industry in Europe,” says Khalilnia. “However, the direction is worrying on several fronts.”

“The report explicitly avoids addressing the whole-sale government surveillance undertaken by some European governments and which continues to damage the public trust in cloud computing. The report also appears to favour public cloud solutions, championed by the larger corporations who are over-represented on the steering board. Onerous certification schemes will also reduce choice and innovation, and put smaller companies at a disadvantage,” says Khalilnia.

The European Cloud Partnership (ECP) is an initiative by the DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology to encourage a single market in cloud computing. The ECP Steering Board is made up of representatives from European countries as well as corporations and companies with cloud computing activities.

“We hope that the ECP does not put the interests of national surveillance bodies and large corporations ahead of the consumer and the small- and medium-sized enterprises that are currently innovating and implementing cloud computing,” adds Khalilnia.

Contact: Peter Philp, communications manager, +41 78 769 0035, peter@penta.ch

About Penta

Penta is a private cloud-based information system management company founded in 1996 and headquartered in Geneva, with offices in Dubai’s DIFC. Its clients are predominantly in the financial sector and other sensitive industries that require high reliability, data security, regulatory compliance and ensured business continuity. Penta’s approach is to partner with clients to supply a complete IT package in order to add value to operations and ensuring a better return on IT investments. Additional information is available at www.penta.ch.

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