Expert group

On 18 June 2013, the Commission set up an Expert Group on Cloud Computing Contracts (pdf).

The Expert Group was established to assist the Commission in identifying safe and fair contract terms and conditions for cloud computing services for consumers and small firms.

The group shall take account of existing best market practices in terms and conditions in cloud computing contracts and the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (as required under Directive 95/46/CEC (pdf) ).

The work of the expert group provided a key contribution to the preparation of the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content, adopted by the Commission on 9 December 2015.

Composition of the Group

The Expert Group is composed of practitioners and organisations representing cloud service providers and customers (especially individual/private consumers and small firms), as well as representatives of legal professions or academics with expertise in cloud computing contracts and in personal data protection issues relevant to cloud computing contracts.

The members of the Expert Group were selected following a call for application.

Read more

Press release – call for application

Press release – final selection of the members of the Expert Group


Meeting of 19/20 November 2013

Meeting of 29/30 January 2014

Meeting of 5/6 March 2014

Meeting of 27/28 March 2014

Meeting of 9/10 April 2014

Meeting of 30 April 2014

Meeting of 11/12 December 2014

* The documents published do not represent the views of the European Commission as an institution.