Effect of GDPR on cloud computing
Effect of GDPR on cloud computing

The GDPR handles the cloud computing service providers and ensures the implementation of rules and regulations. How GDPR benefit the users on the cloud? It always takes notice of the personal data transfer outside the EEA and EU area. Taking notice, it also gives control to individuals over their personal data present in the cloud. How GDPR works? It basically follows a principle that all the organizations which work by asking users for their personal data on distributed environments should follow GDPR. The GDPR (General data protection regulation) ensures that personal data controllers must align on one platform for the protection of data. And this becomes possible when all the cloud service providers follow the GDPR. Let’s see what the effect of GDPR on cloud computing are.

GDP as the controller of the cloud service provider 

Every big enterprise is shifting to the cloud to ensure scalability and flexibility. The cloud also provides better-optimized information technology resources to the organizations. The cloud services providers in a cloud Environment work just like processors in a computer. Here is one positive effect of GDPR in cloud computing in the form of the controller of the processor. The providers store your personal information in the cloud, but they cannot modify it without your consent. It means GDPR is a third-party controller between the cloud service providers and the consumers. Up till now, we have seen the positive side of GDPR, but there are some challenges which it faces in the cloud environment. Here is the list of challenges and effects of GDPR on cloud computing.

Unauthorized parties 

As we have seen that GDPR keeps a check and balance of how the cloud service providers follow the personal information secure. As the cloud means the confidential and sensitive information of consumers will go to cloud providers. Sometimes this information goes into the hand of unauthorized parties. Here GDPR faces challenges in classifying information. It is tough to decide which cloud service provider has access to sensitive information to a specific extent.

Applicable law

To determine the specific applicable laws in a particular geographical location is tough. GDPR faces challenges to a great extent regarding finding the exact location of stored data. Due to this, to implement rules and regulations becomes tough.


Users expect the privacy of information provided by the cloud service providers. But in general, GDPR has to do so. Therefore a conflict regarding externalization of privacy arises among cloud service providers and GDPR.


GDPR has to implement the rules and regulations regarding cloud service providers. One of these rules is that after a pre-defined time, access to sensitive info becomes disable. So, regarding this, GDPR faces challenges to implement this time condition to all cloud service providers.

GDPR is the need for cloud environments to avail of the IT resources. It has an overall positive impact on the cloud environment, but it faces a lot of challenges.

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