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

Cloud + data = empowerment?

Data in the cloud gets a lot of press, including on this blog. And rightly so - recent revelations demonstrate there is a case to ensure data is used and controlled properly in cloud. Now a senior UK judge has said privacy laws need rewriting for the modern age and, of course, the EU Commission is … Continue reading Cloud + data = empowerment?

Beware – cloud customers are changing

I act for a number of cloud providers. I also act for customers looking to buy cloud services. This gives me a great insight into what customers are asking for from their providers. When I act for providers I pass this information on to them so they can take a view as to whether and … Continue reading Beware – cloud customers are changing

ICO reaction to Google ruling

The UK Information Commissioner has published a statement that it supports the Google ruling by the European Court of Justice. Their support is not surprising, of course,  although this same ruling has been the cause of much puzzlement and head scratching from some (including by me) to complete disbelief by others. The ICO points out 4 lessons … Continue reading ICO reaction to Google ruling

EU privacy ruling knocks Google

The  Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that Google must remove links to reports of Spanish citizen Mario Costeja Gonzalez's social security debts. Google has reacted to this saying: "This is a disappointing ruling for search engines and online publishers in general". This is effectively an endorsement by the CJEU of the "right … Continue reading EU privacy ruling knocks Google

US can get your data. Anywhere

Here we go again! In developments which will cause more scrutiny of US legal powers, a US judge has ordered Microsoft to hand over emails held in Dublin. This is not the first time I've blogged on data security issues. This time it's the Stored Communications Act that is providing the power. Brad Smith, general counsel of … Continue reading US can get your data. Anywhere