Did you read the terms or just click Accept?

  Migrating to an outsourced IT service including cloud is a great opportunity to outsource responsibility for IT and employees while simultaneously increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. At least, that’s the theory. The reality can be a lot more sobering. The SSP outage should serve as a reminder that while cloud can be great for your … Continue reading Did you read the terms or just click Accept?

Privacy Shield not ready yet

Two working parties, ministers galore... but data transfer law remains in limbo The revelations by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden in 2013 caused indignant EU politicians to open a dialogue with the US government to update the data transfer regime to safeguard personal data. The Privacy Shield is the culmination of those discussions. The US's hands-off approach … Continue reading Privacy Shield not ready yet

Brexit = Legal Armageddon?

The Brexit debate continues and, with the Leave and Remain camps neck and neck, it looks likely that the undecided few will carry the result. It seems that we can expect more headline-grabbing soundbites until the vote on June 23. The polarised nature of this debate is throwing up some interesting oddities, so you might … Continue reading Brexit = Legal Armageddon?

Data protection: Don’t be an emotional knee jerk

How many times have you spoken to someone in a call centre who refused to give you information on the basis that the "Data Protection Act" prevents them? Any potential customers in Germany who told you they can’t buy your IT or cloud service because their law prohibits data transfers outside Germany? Has anyone told … Continue reading Data protection: Don’t be an emotional knee jerk

Cloud provider goes bust. Now what?

You’ve entrusted your data to a cloud. This has allowed you to sell off (or scrap) your legacy hardware. You’ve got some new, up-to-date software applications. Maybe you have also outsourced all or part of your IT team. You no longer have to manage and maintain the bulk of your hardware, software and data. You … Continue reading Cloud provider goes bust. Now what?

Cloud standards get closer: 5 topics for 2015

Cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things are among the hottest topics that vendors are driving in 2015. In this 5-part series, I highlight five legal developments that are worth tracking. 5. Cloud standards get closer There are numerous attempts to introduce cloud standards. There are initiatives from the European Union, official standard-setting organisations such … Continue reading Cloud standards get closer: 5 topics for 2015

Google Spain case will get greater scrutiny: 5 topics for 2015

Cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things are among the hottest topics that vendors are driving in 2015. In this 5-part series, I highlight five legal developments that are worth tracking. 4. Google Spain case will get greater scrutiny Last year Mr Costeja unintentionally achieved international fame, infamy even. The Court of Justice of the … Continue reading Google Spain case will get greater scrutiny: 5 topics for 2015