Amazon cloud contract terms meet EU standards on data transfers

Certain contract terms used by cloud provider Amazon Web Services have been deemed by the Luxembourg DPA to be a safe way of effecting international data transfers. The decision of the National Commission for Data Protection in Luxembourg (on behalf of the Article 29 Working Party) follows a similar endorsement given to Microsoft last year. The Luxembourg authority said that the approval will reduce the number of national authorisations businesses will need to obtain from EU DPAs for their transfers outside of the European Economic Area, if contracting with AWS for the storage of that data.