LawBytes deals this week with the new Spanish privacy decree and a EU funding opportunity regarding cloud computing research.
Privacy – New Spanish data protection law
So far Spain has not been able to produce a legislative text implementing the GDPR or amending the former Data Protection Act (which is inconsistent with the European privacy regulation) due to the difficult political situation and complex legal procedure to change laws regarding privacy, which is recognized as a constitutional right in Spain.
The Parliament’s act is expected for the end of 2018, meanwhile the Spanish Government on 27 July 2018 approved an urgent Decreto-Ley on Data Protection Matters (“RDL 5/2018”) which deals with the main procedural matters including e.g. limitation periods for infringements and for paying fines.
The Spanish Government will eventually fill the legislative gaps and this first Decree shall be carefully taken into consideration since it is intended to help companies to decide how to adapt themselves in order to be fully compliant both with GDPR and the future Spanish legal framework. You can read a more detailed article from our Spanish colleagues on the topic on Data Protection Matters blog.
Cloud – New funding opportunities from the European Union
The European Commission is offering up to € 230,000 to conduct a study on energy-efficient cloud computing technologies.
The proposed study will aim at understanding the measures that can be taken to control and optimise the increasing energy consumption of ICT services and it should analyse and propose future research priorities for energy-efficient cloud services, ways to implement green public procurement of digital services and data centres, and ways to stimulate the provisioning of eco-friendly cloud services.
This seems like a great opportunity to develop a cloud solution which is both sustainable and efficient. Considering the energy consumption and environmental consequences of cloud computing, achieving such goal is among the most demanding challenges of information processing technologies and it would not only have an impact on the environment but it could potentially disrupt the market.