NZCS releases draft Cloud Computing Code of Practice

Published: Tue 20 Mar 2012 03:43 PM
NZCS releases draft Cloud Computing Code of Practice
The New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS) today released the draft of the New Zealand Cloud Computing Code of Practice (or “CloudCode”) for consultation following broad input from across the IT industry.
The CloudCode was developed following calls from a number of significant Cloud providers for a framework of voluntary self-regulated disclosures and minimum standards for those offering cloud-based services in New Zealand.
CloudCode Coordinator Joy Cottle today said “More than 200 people and a significant number of cloud-based IT businesses have contributed to the development of the Code, which includes a set of disclosures and minimum standards for Cloud providers.”
The CloudCode has been developed as an industry initiative under the auspices of the New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS), the independent professional body of the IT sector.
“Development of the Code was funded by industry with major contributions from NZCS, Gen-i, Equinox, OneNet, Webdrive and Xero, plus, Google, EOSS Online Ltd, InternetNZ, NZRise and Systems Advisory Services also contributing”, Cottle said.
NZCS chief executive Paul Matthews said “NZCS are very happy to have reached this milestone, releasing this draft of the Code for consultation, and we’re looking forward to feedback from the industry and public over the next few weeks to help identify gaps and areas that can be improved”.
“New Zealand is one of the first countries to develop such a code and we’re leading the way in this area globally with many international eyes watching the progress of the development of this code of practice”, Cottle said.
“The NZ Code has been developed with a focus of proactive (ie up front) disclosure to clients and is very heavily focused on providing easily understandable information from the non-technical consumer’s point of view”, Cottle concluded.
The draft Code and consultation docs are available from the CloudCode website ( with submissions open to all interested parties closing on the 10th of April 2012.
About the NZ Computer Society
NZCS is the professional body of IT Professionals, and as a non-profit incorporated society works with industry, academia, Government and the wider community to achieve its mission of increasing the education, standards, professionalism and innovation of the ICT profession.

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