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Organisations that store data in the cloud could find themselves in legal trouble if the privacy of Australian citizens is compromised as the result of a breach. That's according to Anthony Bendall, acting privacy commissioner at the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner, who recently spoke at a cloud computing event. "The threat to information privacy from cloud computing largely comes from an organisation's lack of control," Bendall said, adding that cloud service providers are "agents of the client agency or organisation--even if there's a contract between them," and if a data breach occurs, "the client agency or organisation remains responsible, and the enforcement of the Australian privacy legislation will apply," CSO reports.
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