Cloud Computing Consumer Protocol - Discussion Paper
UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
You can attend discussions on the Cloud Consumer Protocol in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Attendance is free, and you can register using the links below
On May 29 this year the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy launched the Federal Government's National Cloud Computing strategy. The strategy is available from the Department’s web site at: http://www.dbcde.gov.au/digital_economy/cloud_computing
A key initiative within the strategy is the development of a voluntary Cloud Consumer Protocol. The intent of the Protocol is to encourage greater take-up of cloud services, particularly by small business and not-for-profits, by ensuring potential users of cloud services are well informed on issues such as privacy, data security, data ownership and other matters that need to be considered when choosing a cloud provider. The Protocol seeks to do this by encouraging cloud providers to sign up to the Protocol which commits them to disclosure and transparency around these important issues.
The Government has asked the Australian Computer Society (ACS) to take the lead in developing the Protocol through a consultation process with the cloud industry and with cloud users and potential users. The intent is to have a Protocol developed by the end of 2013.
The ACS recommends interested parties review a copy of the New Zealand Cloud Computing Code of Practice, available here.
We invite you and any other interested parties you may be aware of to provide comment and feedback on the paper. Submissions are due by 10pm Eastern Standard Time Thursday 5 September, and can be lodged electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will be made available to the public on the ACS web site unless you indicate you would like all or part of your submission to remain confidential.
Following receipt and analysis of the written submissions, a revised discussion paper and draft Protocol will then be released for further consultation, including discussion forums in certain capital cities.
Submissions that have been received can be viewed here.