Legal issues in cloud computing

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Legal issues in cloud computing

Teemu Mäntylä

11.11.2009

Reliability & liability


Users expect clouds to be reliable


What guarantees are there?


Who is responsible for damages?


How do you prove the cloud provider is at
fault?

Reliability & liability (2)


Damages may come from multiple causes:


Service outage


Data/code/result corruption


Data/code/result compromisation


Telecommunications law relies on market to
drop bad operators, doing the same with
clouds is too risky

Security & privacy


Data, code and results must all be protected


Cloud provider needs to monitor


Threats range from pushy advertisers to
corporate spies


Difference between simple monitoring and
malicious data mining can be a fine line

Security & privacy (2)


By European laws, personal data may not
normally be sent outside the EU, but a cloud
provider might subcontract another cloud


Foreign government agencies might gain
access, even without needing to show cause


Care must be taken not to break data
protection laws or user contracts

Access & usage


Can a licensed program be used in a cloud?


License terms vary between countries, with
no regard to clouds


Who is responsible for illegal activity
within the cloud?


Expecting cloud providers to monitor for
illegal activity big technical problem

Current situation


National laws, international clouds


Legislation lags behind technology


Current laws and cloud providers place all
responsibility on the client


Clients need to be alert and insist on terms
that protect their interests


Better clouds might surface if left to market

Example cases


Legal issues very much alike between
outsourcing services and cloud computing


Death by Delete


Monopolizing service provider

Sources & references


Cloud Computing and Information Policy:
Computing in a Policy Cloud


http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~jimmylin/
publications/Jaeger_etal_2008.pdf


Cloud Computing Legal Issues


http://www.freshbusinessthinking.com/
business_advice.php?AID=3391

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