US & Microsoft return to court over access to Dublin data

Finally, after going quiet for several months, the US Gov & Microsoft is set to return to court. The US government had obtained a court ruling under the US Stored Communications Act to allow it to gain access to data held in Microsoft's Dublin datacentre. Microsoft had resisted on the basis that Irish law should … Continue reading US & Microsoft return to court over access to Dublin data

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Microsoft Dublin – update on NY case?

St Patrick's Day seemed like an appropriate day for me to find out if there have been any further developments on the US government's attempts to get Microsoft to hand over data from its Dublin datacentre. Aside from the “friend of the court” / "amici curiae" briefs in support of Microsoft I reported on in … Continue reading Microsoft Dublin – update on NY case?

Data Privacy Day – who cares?

Today is EU Data Privacy Day. Yes, I know, there's a special day for every day of the year so who cares? True. But here are 3 things to think about. 1. Massive data fines are on the way: 5% of global turnover. I talked about this before and today's a good day to (get your … Continue reading Data Privacy Day – who cares?

Dispelling German data myths

UK and US cloud service providers know that Germany has considerable growth potential for cloud computing services but some say they have been told German data protection laws prohibit any data transfer to data centres outside Germany. This misunderstanding is often erroneously spread by people who haven't read the law or who are repeating internal … Continue reading Dispelling German data myths

New data reg: 4 things all cloud providers need to know

UPDATE 2/7/15: Go visit the updated article. The new EU General Data Protection Regulation is on its way. The EU Parliament approved the text in March. The new EU Commission president has recently given a time scale of 6 months to conclude negotiations with member states. Some reckon it won't be in force until 2017. … Continue reading New data reg: 4 things all cloud providers need to know

Cloud contract risks reduced – workshop done!

  Last week we had a packed room with delegates who attended the cloud contracts workshop in London. A mixture of providers and customers allowed a healthy debate of the common issues. Customers learned where the risks are in cloud contracts and how to overcome them. Providers learned where the flash points are for customers and … Continue reading Cloud contract risks reduced – workshop done!

Microsoft vs the long arm of US law

Hey you, get off of our cloud The US government can get access to your data stored outside the United States. A controversial ruling by the New York District Court made it clear earlier this year just how far US warrants can extend. The judge ruled that Microsoft had to hand over customer data it … Continue reading Microsoft vs the long arm of US law