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October 2011

To avoid cloud computing legal issues, consider these three domains

Enterprise cloud computing has been a hot topic for several years now. While it may seem like there’s been plenty of time of think through cloud computing legal issues and complications, a number of quandaries in this realm continue to hinder enterprise adoption and usage of cloud computing. To me, cloud computing legal issues split down into three key domains.  First, there is the contractual framework that is required to ensure good service levels.  Second, there is the regulatory environment that applies to the processing of data.  Third, there is the issue of applicable law, which is about the jurisdictional confusion that flows from the way that (a) cloud services are organised and (b) the legitimate aim of nation states to have access to intelligence for national security, law enforcement and other high-level public concerns. Ensuring good service levels Creating a suitable contractual framework for ensuring good service levels should never be a problem, because a contract outlining a cloud service agreement is like any ...

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