Amazon, Google and Microsoft join forces on the principles of cloud computing
Amazon, Google and Microsoft unveiled a new industry initiative on Friday that aims to establish basic commitments and protections for companies that store and process data in the cloud. The tech giants, along with several other companies, have agreed to a set of principles related to customer data and government regulations.
“Through this initiative, we are committed to working with governments to ensure the free flow of data, promote public safety, and protect the privacy and security of data in the cloud,” Microsoft wrote in a LinkedIn post about of the new initiative, called Trusted Principles of the Cloud.
The group outlined a handful of key principles, including that governments should involve customers first, with a few exceptions; customers should have a right of notice; cloud providers should have the right to protect the interests of customers; governments should settle conflicts of laws; and governments should support cross-border data flow.
The initiative comes as businesses and government regulators consider how to solve a range of cloud computing issues, from where data is stored to when information can be passed on to law enforcement agencies. ‘order.is the second most used cloud computing service after Amazon Web Services and ahead of Google Cloud.