Developing Accountability‐based Solutions for Data Privacy in the Cloud

Andrew J Charlesworth, Siani Pearson

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Contemporary developments in ICTs make ‘command and control’-based legislation, e.g. EU Directive 95/46/EC, a decreasingly credible means of providing appropriate privacy protection for Personally Identifiable Information (PII) across wide areas of commercial activity. Current legislation provides limited transparency and oversight, fails to encourage privacy innovation, and lacks the flexibility to effectively and efficiently regulate new technologies and globalised business practices.
There is a growing consensus that regional, and ultimately global, data privacy regimes will have to adopt new regulatory approaches, and that such approaches should incorporate, as a key element, a greater focus on ‘accountability’. This raises two key questions: what is meant by ‘accountability’, and how might it translate into practical mechanisms for achieving privacy protection? This article considers these questions in the context of ‘cloud computing’, examining how procedural and technical solutions can be co-designed to demonstrate accountability in order to resolve jurisdictional privacy and security risks within the cloud.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-35
Number of pages29
JournalInnovation. European Journal of Social Science Research
Issue number1-2
Early online date8 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2012


  • Accountability
  • cloud
  • cloud computing
  • data protection
  • privacy


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