Bird & Bird has recently joined an international project consortium consisting of 9 European partners from academia and industry who work together on building innovative solutions for cloud computing users. The "Coco-Cloud" (Confidential and Compliant Clouds) project aims to increase user trust in cloud services by designing and proposing solutions for secure data interchange in the digital economy.
Working alongside Hewlett-Packard, The Italian National Research Council, Imperial College London, University of Oslo, SAP, Atos, AGID, and Grupo Hospitalario Quirón, Bird & Bird will contribute to law-compliant controls of disseminated data based on mutually agreed data sharing agreements to secure data management from end-users to cloud, and vice versa.
Benoit Van Asbroeck, Partner, Bird & Bird, Brussels said: "We are delighted to join this prestigious research project. Bird & Bird has been traditionally strong in designing legal solutions for technology based businesses, and this is one of the areas in which we are confident we can make a difference."
Massimiliano Mostardini, Partner, Bird & Bird, Milan added: " The outsourced nature of the Cloud, and the inherent loss of control that goes along with it, requires context-adaptive solutions to ensure that sensitive data is protected. Involvement in this project will allow us to apply our extensive experience in data protection to facilitate secure interchange between individuals and organizations, and find novel means of leveraging the data value while respecting the right to privacy".
The project's outcome will be evaluated via three pilot products in the Healthcare, Corporate Security and Public Administration domains.
COCO-CLOUD is aligned with the most recent strategy outlined by the European Commission (http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/european-cloud-computing-strategy), namely, building a law-respectful flexible framework for data protection. Only the convergence of particular interests will make Europe a single market for cloud computing.
The Coco Cloud project has a total budget of about Euro 4.7 Million, of which the European Union contributes Euro 2.8 Million.