February 19, 2019 | Written by: Andras R. Szakal, VP & CTO, IBM Federal
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Cloud computing companies including IBM are being judged not just by what we can achieve by using data, but by whether we can be trusted with your data.
In 2019, the policies and protections that vendors provide for cloud and cloud-enabled technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), are such increasingly fundamental issues that it’s helpful to think of them as “rights”. These “rights” pertain to how vendors manage sensitive information about each of us.
American citizens depend on cloud services — whether we know it or not — for services from filing taxes to food safety and national security. We think government IT leaders should keep several things in mind to be responsible and transparent stewards of data.
- Make sure your cloud provider has clear policies on how it uses data that aligns with your agency’s values and regulations. IBM was one of the first cloud vendors to publicly commit to a strong policy about data privacy and transparency.
- Make sure that your data remains your data when working with cloud vendors and their services. The insights you generate from analytics or AI shouldn’t be used by your vendor to gain profit with other clients.
There’s a lot more you should not only expect, but demand from your cloud provider. We’ve outlined these expectations and are calling it our Cloud Owners’ Declaration of Rights, explained here in an infographic for you to download and share. Ask your cloud vendor how their cloud data policies satisfy these rights.