Amazon’s Data Processing Agreement has been approved.
Amazon Web Services has announced that its Data Processing Agreement has been approved by the EU data protection authorities.
The approval from Article 29 Working Party, means that AWS DPA meets the high security standards set by the EU data protection laws.
The outcome is that AWS customers that wish to transfer personal data from the European Economic Area to other countries, can be assured that the data will continue to receive a high level of protection.
The announcement comes as a boost to Amazon, as it is likely to help to continue the company’s growth in Europe.
Dr Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon, said: "The security, privacy, and protection of our customer’s data is our number one priority."
"Providing customers a DPA that has been approved by the EU data protection authorities is another way in which we are giving them assurances that they will receive the highest levels of data protection from AWS."
"We have spent a lot of time building tools, like security controls and encryption, to give customers the ability to protect their infrastructure and content."
"We will always strive to provide the highest level of data security for AWS customers in the EU and around the world."
The announcement means that AWS is now fully compliant with all applicable EU data protection laws.
Antanas Guoga, Member of the EU Parliament, said: "The EU has the highest data protection standards in the world and it is very important that European citizens’ data is protected."
"I believe that the Article 29 Working Party decision to approve the data proceeding agreement put forward by Amazon Web Services is a step forward to the right direction."
"I am pleased to see that AWS puts an emphasis on the protection of European customer data. I hope this decision will also help to drive further innovation in the cloud computing sector across the EU."