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Assessing Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure for Your GDPR Readiness

Published: 18 May 2018

ID: G00348233

Analyst(s): Richard Watson , Mike Wonham


Using IaaS cloud service providers to process personal data introduces new risks. Effective risk management means technical professionals responsible for cloud operations must evaluate CSP services and behavior against GDPR compliance requirements.

Table Of Contents


  • Background and Context Setting
    • The Scope of This Assessment
    • Ingredients for Approaching the GDPR and the Cloud
    • Test Your Cloud Provider's Approach to Supporting Privacy and Compliance
    • Assurance and Evidence
  • Evaluate Tools Offered by Cloud Providers to Facilitate Your GDPR Compliance
    • Tools for Interacting With Data Subjects
    • Data Protection Tools
    • Data Governance Tools
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Support DPIA and Legal Assessment Activities
  • Apply Data Protection and Governance Controls at the Right Place in the Data Life Cycle
  • Use Cloud-Provided Governance Programs to Support the GDPR Program
  • Implement Continuous Monitoring of CSP Assurance and Certification
  • Use Pre-existing Corporate Tools Where Possible
  • Use Cloud-Provided Controls Where Pre-existing Solutions Do Not Exist

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