The GDPR has a new friend—the Cloud Code of Conduct, or Cloud CoC. While this set of regulations has been in the works for a while now, it has been making headlines recently as the EU prepares to permanently adopt it.
The Cloud Code of Conduct will not require most businesses to rethink their approach to data privacy and customer rights like the GDPR did. However, it does impact certain services and systems companies may use. If you have customers in Europe, it pays to know more about the CoC and how you should prepare for its eventual adoption.
The Cloud Code of Conduct is a legal framework designed to help European customers find cloud service providers in full compliance with the GDPR. Providers can sign up voluntarily for certification. SCOPE Europe , an independent monitoring body designed to administer the CoC, will screen any service providers that want approval.
The Code of Conduct covers software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure (IaaS), and platform (PaaS) service providers and invites companies of all sizes to join. After SCOPE Europe has approved a company’s procedures, they receive official membership and can promote themselves as compliant with the CoC.
The purpose of the Code is twofold. First, and more obviously, the Code of Conduct exists to help customers choose a company they can trust with their personal data. Any business that receives approval has to pass rigorous tests. Second, the Code of Conduct gives business owners a streamlined way to know if they’re fully in compliance with the GDPR. This allows them to correct any mistakes and promote themselves as a trustworthy company once they earn membership.
Even though the CoC has not been formally adopted by the entire EU yet, don’t delay your own investigation. All cloud services providers should follow the necessary steps to get the certification. Not only will your European customers appreciate the added security, but the EU government will also recognize you as a trustworthy company. Both can improve your reputation and decrease the likelihood of GDPR-related lawsuits.
Any company seeking CoC approval must follow these steps:
At 4Thought Marketing, we welcome this new level of accountability and believe it will bring a great deal of credibility to cloud service providers everywhere. We are currently in the process of seeking approval under the CoC and will announce when we achieve it.
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