Australian Computer Society
Cloud computing is promising many technical benefits such as enhanced scalability, computing elasticity, and cost efficiency. However, with the benefits of cloud-based, hosted software platforms also comes the responsibility to data privacy. This paper investigates the data privacy issues brought about by cloud computing from an Australian perspective with specific focus on two aspects: how does cloud computing affect organizations' compliance to Australian privacy and data protection regulations? And to what extent are end-users aware of how cloud computing technologies affect their privacy? The authors present the results of an online survey among cloud computing users and contrast these with the technological possibilities and the cloud provider positions.