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A month or two ago, I was invited to present at a summit organized by the New Zealand Privacy Commission, a government organization that is tasked with setting policies to ensure citizens of New Zealand remain secure when it comes to the use of their private information. It’s worth taking a little look at what the Privacy Commission does, even for people with no interest in doing business in New Zealand, because it’s a stark reminder of the massive differences that exist between different countries in terms of privacy expectations.

It’s long been said that companies doing business in Europe need to be very cautious as European privacy requirements are much stricter than those of the U.S. – so too is that the case in other countries.

In the panel in which I  was involved, the respondents talked about the risks of cloud computing from a privacy perspective, what users should think about and the chances we have of changing the way that large cloud providers deal with issues relating to privacy.

As I said, these videos are somewhat New Zealand-centric, but are worth watching and contrasting with other countries – I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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