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USA PATRIOT Act and the Use of Cloud Services

By David Fagan and Alex Berengaut Enterprises must consider a range of benefits and costs as they evaluate migrating their IT functions and data to cloud-based computing services, including the impact of the cloud services on the security and privacy of their data.  In this regard, one of the principal privacy-based concerns raised in connection … Continue Reading

Cloud Outages Highlight Contractual Risk

By Christine Enemark To some customers of computing storage, processing and online services, the “cloud” seems no different from the traditional information technology services they have used for years.  Amazon’s cloud computing outage last week, and the associated downtime and data loss suffered by a number of Internet web sites, highlights how public cloud computing … Continue Reading

Observations from Cloud Discussions

I’ve recently had the opportunity to participate in or moderate several panels on cloud computing, addressing issues such as governance, security, privacy, and legal liability.   One issue that frequently comes up is whether cloud computing is really new or different.  That depends on how you look at it.  As a legal matter, the model itself … Continue Reading

Epsilon Data Breach Highlights Security Challenges in the Cloud

Email marketing company Epsilon announced last week that its databases had been hacked, compromising customer names and e-mail addresses for a number of major companies that outsource their marketing communications to Epsilon. The Epsilon data breach illustrates some of the security challenges when dealing with cloud computing environments.  Although there are security risks associated with … Continue Reading

Towards a European Cloud Computing Strategy

Following on from ENISA’s recent report on cloud computing in government, Commissioner Neelie Kroes set out some further thoughts on a European Cloud Computing Strategy last week at Davos.  In an encouraging sign for cloud providers and European industry more broadly, Commissioner Kroes spoke positively about the need to ensure that effective data protection and the EU’s Single … Continue Reading

Implications of the FTC Report and DOC Green Paper for IT Contracts

We have previously blogged on the FTC’s privacy report on “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change” and the Department of Commerce’s Green Paper on “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework.”  We have also published client alerts on the FTC report and the DOC green paper.  … Continue Reading

Governmental Cloud in the EU – New ENISA Report

Hot on the heels of its report on data breach notifications in the EU, the EU’s cyber security regulator, ENISA, published yesterday a new report on cloud computing in the government.  The report is targeted at senior managers of public bodies who are considering cloud computing platforms and services, and it aims to highlight the … Continue Reading

EU Plans Revisions to Data Retention Directive

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced that the European Commission will propose amendments to the Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) following publication of an evaluation report on the Directive early next year.  Under the Directive, Member States must ensure that providers of publicly available electronic communications services or public communications networks retain certain traffic data on … Continue Reading
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