While research suggests that considerable efficiencies can be gained from cloud computing technology, concerns over privacy and security continue to deter governments and private-sector firms from migrating to the cloud. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has advanced discussion of the “Cloud Computing Act of 2011,” draft legislation that would address these challenges by encouraging the U.S. government to negotiate with other countries to establish consistent laws related to online security and cloud computing. The bill also creates new enforcement tools for investigating and prosecuting those who violate online privacy and security laws.
On June 16, the Brookings Institution hosted a forum on the policy proposals in the Cloud Computing Act of 2011. Discussion included an overview of the international policy implications as governments and firms adjust to a coherent legal framework, changes and innovations in public procurement, and challenges for private industry as it balances consumer needs and compliance with these proposed cloud computing safeguards.
After the program, panelists took audience questions.