Legal Implications of Cloud Computing

By at 20 October, 2009, 7:00 am


LLRX.COM has posted several interesting articles on cloud computing and the imnplications for lawyers in using the cloud. The first of these articles is titled Legal Implications of Cloud Computing – Part One (the Basics and Framing the Issues). The article was penned by David Navetta of the Information Law Group. When talking about "cloud" computing, David finds:

Bottom line: this is not your father’s outsourcing relationship, and trying to protect clients with contracts may be very difficult or impossible unless the cloud computing community begins to build standards and processes to create trust.

David’s article was followed by one from Tanya Forsheit also of the Information Law Group titled Legal Implications of Cloud Computing – Part Two (Privacy and the Cloud) . Tanya points out the problems that face cloud computing especially the cross order issues that may arise from the different approached taken by separate political entities:

In the world of the cloud, location appears to be irrelevant.  In the cloud, data effortlessly flows around the globe, ignoring boundaries and time zones, and magically appears on demand.  Not surprisingly, the existing legal structure is far from prepared for the reality of existing technology.  Every jurisdiction has its own laws, and its own compliance requirements.  As that data instantaneously circumnavigates the globe, it may already be too late to comply with privacy laws in every jurisdiction.  

Whether we want to admit it or not, cloud computing is making an impact on the way we practice law as well as the way our clients approach computing and information storage. Lawyers need to have a t least a basic understanding of the benefits and potential pitfalls that this new technology will impose.

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