Cloud Computing in the Whirlwinds of Cantonal Data Protection Laws
End of June 2021, the public learnt that the Swiss government was about to outsource data processing to clouds operated by American and Chinese cloud providers. This news caused some outcry among the population. "Data should better be stored in Switzerland, and by Swiss cloud providers" many thought. But is data in the hands of (foreign) cloud providers really insufficiently protected? Actually, a technical analysis would be at the core of the analysis when responding to the question. This article for the “WEKA-Datenschutz-Newsletter” cannot perform this technical analysis. But the article looks at the rules of the cantonal data protection laws as these are usually regarded to be blockers. It examines the most important similarities and differences between cantonal data protection laws, with regard to cross-border disclosure, information security and data protection audits.