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Cloud Computing Consumer Protocol - Discussion Paper

On May 29 2013 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:

A key initiative within the strategy was the development of a voluntary Cloud Consumer Protocol 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. 

As a vendor neutral and technology agnostic professional society with expertise in public policy and research, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) was asked by the government to take the lead in public consultation on this issue. The ACS developed a discussion paper, sought public feedback, and ran public consultation workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. 

The ACS discussion paper can be accessed here in PDF and in .doc format for Microsoft word.

Written submissions received can be viewed here.

The final report on the public consultation can be found here.

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