Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law at Queen Mary University of London, has been appointed to a new group set up by the European Commission (EC) to boost consumer trust in cloud computing.
The EC has established the panels of experts to identify best practices for addressing the concerns of users, especially small businesses, who often seem reluctant to purchase cloud computing services contracts because they appear unclear. The EC is keen to push to enhance trust in computing systems and unlock their potential for boosting economic productivity in Europe.
The expert group he joins includes representatives of cloud service providers, consumers and SMEs, academics and legal professionals and will feed into a policy paper launching a broad public consultation on possible ways forward on cloud computing contracts for consumers and SMEs.
Professor Walden from Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCSL) currently researches the fields of cloud computing, cybercrime and telecommunication law.
He noted: “I will be able to feed into the Group’s work the results of our innovative work on cloud computing contracts, which has examined standard terms and conditions, negotiated agreements and the G-Cloud.”
Professor Walden is also part of Queen Mary’ s Cloud Legal Project, which has been researching and publishing in the area for the past four years, including Cloud Computing Law, published this month by Oxford University Press.
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