Today, it’s often more cost-effective to host services in the cloud instead of in its own premises. But how protected is our sensitive data in the cloud? We readily encrypt data in storage and protect it while in transit. But what about when data is “in use”? It is a legitimate concern in increasingly cloud-dominated infrastructures.

Moreover, how to make sense of the different laws governing the sensitive data? In July 2020 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Schrems II”). The absence of a legal framework not only exposes our sensitive data but also stifles data-driven innovation and trade in the global digital economy.

During this week we will explore how privacy-enhancing computation technologies complement a zero-trust strategy by addressing the vulnerability of data in use in the cloud. We will also discuss the legal framework which is required to balance economical interest of companies with the individual’s data privacy concerns.

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