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European Commission expert group begins work on cloud contract terms

Business Cloud - Following announcements made this Summer the European Commission this week begun work on setting out standard terms for cloud contracts. The Commission says an expert working group will help ensure the inclusion of fair contract terms in cloud service contracts becomes best practice and improve confidence in cloud services.

The working group will work towards developing safe and fair terms for cloud computing contracts that can be used as a model for the industry. The broadly based group counts Skyscape, The European CIO Association and Telecom Italia among its 30 members – which includes representatives from cloud service providers, SMEs, consumers, academics and legal professionals.

“At the European Council last week, EU leaders called for action to help create a single market for cloud computing. The Commission is delivering its bit. Making full use of the opportunities presented by cloud computing could create 2.5 million extra jobs in Europe and add around one per cent a year to EU’s Gross Domestic Product by 2020,” said Vice President Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner.