Cloudflare joins EU Cloud Code of Conduct, achieves new certifications

Emily Hancock, Chief Privacy Officer at Cloudflare

Clouflare, Inc., the security and reliability firm helping to build a better Internet, announced it has joined the EU Cloud Code of Conduct (EU Cloud CoC) General Assembly, to raise the impact of trusted ecosystem and encourage firms to adopt GDPR-compliant cloud services.

What does this affect European cloud computing?

Cloudflare also announced that it has achieved two cloud security certifications: ISO/IEC 27018:2019 and C5 – Cloud Computing Compliance Criteria Catalog – by the Federal Office for Information Security in Germany. The EU Cloud Code of Conduct brings trust to the cloud computing market, aiding firms to source cloud services from GDPR-compliant providers.

Following a positive opinion by the European Data Protection Board, the EU Cloud CoC was approved by the Belgium Data Protection Authority and is a legally operational Code of Conduct pursuant to Article 40 of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Code covers all cloud service layers and its compliance is overseen by accredited monitoring organisation SCOPE Europe. Cloudflare’s international network and strong commitment to upholding the very highest data protection standards will speed up adoption of cloud services across the continent by allaying users’ data protection concerns.

What is Cloudflare’s take on the developments?

Commenting on the membership, Cloudflare’s Chief Privacy Officer, Emily Hancock said, “As many businesses are realizing the full flexibility of cloud services, building trust is paramount to addressing any data privacy and security concerns they may have. The EU Cloud CoC is leading the charge so that European firms can innovate with compliance built in. We look forward to enabling more companies to benefit from the power of the cloud with confidence.”

Cloudflare has also obtained two new security and privacy compliance certifications, further reinforcing its commitment to security and data protection in Europe. ISO/IEC 27018:2019 is a global ISO privacy certification, implementing measures to protect the processing of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds acting as PII processors.

Cloudflare is also certified as a PII Controller and PII Processor to ISO/IEC 27701:2019, which is aligned to various data protection regulations including the GDPR, and ISO 27001:2013. Meanwhile, the C5 attestation is an important validation against a defined baseline security level for cloud computing. Cloudflare received a C5 report in May 2022.

For on Cloudflare’s commitments to data protection, check out the resources below: