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NZCS releases draft 'CloudCode'

Tue 20 Mar 2012
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After six months of work and submissions from over 200 stakeholders, the New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS) has released its draft cloud computing code of practice, or ‘CloudCode’, and is seeking feedback from the IT industry and other stakeholders.

Joy Cottle, who has been contracted by NZCS to co-ordinate CloudCode, says in a post on the NZCS website that New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to develop a code of practice for cloud computing.

"There are many international eyes set on us right now to see the results of the work born from wide consultation,” Cottle says, "and how we apply the code once it is finalised.”

One of the main areas in which feedback is sought is the application of disclosure requirements. 

Specifically, Cottle wants to know whether providers should only be considered compliant if they have made disclosures about all the cloud-based products they offer, or if it’s okay to only have made disclosures about some of those products. 

Alternatively, the code could certify the services themselves rather than the provider, although this option is the most difficult to communicate to customers.

There are lots of other questions about the draft code, so if you’d like to have your say go here to download it and the accompanying consultation document. The final date for submissions is April 10.

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