Cloud computing technologies have a considerable potential to spur innovation and economic growth. But data put to the cloud may not be safe from being accessed by other, private and public parties. How to overcome these (currently justified) reservations and let cloud computing technologies reap their full benefits?
The EU financed Accountability for Cloud Computing project (A4Cloud), a conglomerate of computer scientists, information scientists, engineers, legal scholars, and social scientists, studies ways how to escape this dilemma. Jens Prüfer was the economist on board, and his main contribution, titled “Trusting Privacy in the Cloud,” attempts to design a mechanism that sets the incentives of everyone involved straight.