The Officer of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released a consultation paper on cloud computing.
Cloud computing "describes any system where information and/or applications are stored online, allowing access to be achieved by the user via a device."
For example, cloud computing includes:
- storing photos online on Flickr
- uploading videos to YouTube
- using online applications such as Google’s Docs or Google Reader
- Facebook or Twitter
- using webmail like Gmail or Hotmail
- backing up files online
The Privacy Commissioner is interested in issues such as who has jurisdiction over cloud computing, security, data intrusions, lawful access, processing and misuse of data, data permanence and data ownership.
The paper released is part of a public consultation process on the impacts of cloud computing.
Members of the public have until April 15, 2010 to send in their comments.