Legal issues in cloud computing

Remote access computing services, whereby software applications, databases, data storage, network configuration and programming tools are made available to clients as a service, are becoming increasingly popular. Cloud computing allows businesses to convert capital expenses associated with IT systems and infrastructure into operating expenses associated with platforms, capacity and applications.

For many companies the business case is compelling. As with any business decision, it is important to be fully informed, and aware of the risks. In this article, we look at some of the core legal considerations associated with cloud computing.

As one might expect, issues relating to information are central to legal considerations associated with cloud computing. Many of the information-related issues that arise are closely inter-related. By signing-on with a Cloud Service Provider, and moving data to the CSP’s cloud, the CSP’s client is no longer in direct control of the data. Depending on the nature of the cloud (public, private or ‘hybrid’), the potential vulnerability of the data may vary…

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