Security Watch: Long arm of the law and the cloud

Jurisdiction and data protection questions still occupy the minds of those investing in cloud-based solutions, writes JJ Worrall.

5th May, 2012
John Whelan, partner, A&L Goodbody: 'The reality is that all companies dealing with personal data of European data subjects are subject to commitments mandated by European data protection legislation'.

A recently-released academic paper from the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London proclaimed that cloud jurisdiction issues are so fraught with legal uncertainties that this may "discourage the use of European Economic Area (EEA) data centres or EEA providers for cloud computing".

While both legal and cloud experts may feel this is a tad dramatic in tone, cloud jurisdiction issues are no doubt a concern, with almost immeasurable amounts of data passing...

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