Tech giants collaborate to establish Trusted Cloud Principles

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Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce, Atlassian, SAP, and Cisco combined efforts to establish Trusted Cloud Principles. This collaboration fulfills the companies’ promise of safeguarding the rights of their users.

The tech giants established the Trusted Cloud Principles to protect the interests of businesses and individuals implementing cloud facilities. These principles emphasize the protection of user’s data in concordance to the international human rights norms and legal regulations.  With these principles set, users are expected to work on the cloud securely.

The objectives of Trusted Cloud Principles

According to tech giants, the initiative of establishing Trusted Cloud Principles is to partner with the government under specific conditions. Previously, governments requested access to user data without consent, which was deemed as a privacy violation.

However, the Trusted Cloud Principles clearly demonstrate that these organizations will solely partner with the government to resolve international conflicts of law relating to security and privacy. The principles also certify complete fundamental protection for firms that store and process data in the cloud.

The major principles

One of the major principles set by the tech giants is petitioning the government to request access to user data directly from the customers instead of the cloud providers unless the circumstances do not allow for it.

Additionally, the principles also emphasize the transparency of data sharing for users by advocating the customer’s right to know when governments request to access their data from cloud service providers. The cloud service providers should also be provided with a clear process to dispute the government’s access request, such as informing the regulated data protection authorities.

The principles also urged the governments to create plans to resolve conflicts with one another, so cloud service providers do not have to consider the legal compliances in multiple countries. Governments were also asked to endorse cross-border data flows.

The bottom line

The tech giants concluded that while they accept the international human rights laws advocating user privacy, they are working with governments to certify digital connectivity among different countries, while also fostering public safety, privacy, and data security in the cloud.