The health sector handles substantial quantities of personal information, including information that is deemed to be “sensitive” under European data protection regimes.  For that reason, health care providers sometimes question their ability to take advantage of increasingly popular e-health cloud services.  While EU lawmakers are contemplating a “European Privacy Seal” – which could, if done properly, be useful for would-be cloud customers to assess the robustness of a cloud provider’s data protection measures – a leaked EU Council document revealed that discussions over the scheme are floundering.  We therefore learnt with interest from our colleagues at the InsidePrivacy blog that the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) jointly adopted a new standard this summer governing the processing of personal data in the cloud — ISO/IEC 27018 (“ISO 27018”).
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