Alain Bensoussan
In order to consider all potential solutions, both from a legal and technical standpoint, and to guarantee a high level of personal data protection, the French data protection authority, the CNIL, recently launched a Call for Contributions from all stakeholders (clients, providers, consultants) on cloud computing.
The CNIL’s Call for Contributions dealt with many issues related to cloud computing, including:
      Definition of cloud computing;
      Role of stakeholders;
      Applicable law;
      Regulation of data transfers;
      Security of data.

The Call for Contributions did not, however, address any cloud computing solutions offered to private individuals.
The consultation procedure was open from October 17 to November 17, 2011.
All contributions will now be processed to extract the main guidelines to be published subsequently on the CNIL website, along with any proposals of interest.

An English translation of the Call for Contributions is available on the CNIL’s website (read here).