Legal Issues in Cloud Computing

Tuesday 19 June 2012, 6pm - 9pm

BCS London Office, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Cost: Free

Kuan Hon

This talk, aimed primarily at lawyers but also accessible to others, will provide an overview of the key legal issues that cloud users may encounter, with some related practical points.

The Cloud Legal Project is a 3-year project at the Centre for Commercial Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, established in 2009 to examine legal issues in cloud computing.

After a short recap on cloud computing, this talk will report on the results of the Cloud Legal Project research regarding:

  • providers' standard cloud contract terms, and (based on detailed interviews with cloud user, providers and other cloud market players) the extent to which users have been able to negotiate changes to providers' standard TOS in order better to meet users' commercial and legal/regulatory needs, eg provider liability, SLAs, security/privacy issues, and exit and lock-in when terminating the service
  • EU data protection law requirements applying when processing "personal data" in the cloud, including the much-publicised restriction on transferring personal data outside the European Economic Area
  • law enforcement access to cloud data, including discussion of the concerns voiced regarding the US PATRIOT Act
  • the UK G-Cloud v1 programme, piloting a CloudStore for public sector buyers, and
  • information ownership in the cloud, ie intellectual property rights in cloud-processed data.

The Project has also published a paper on competition law aspects, and papers will be forthcoming later in 2012 on consumer protection and cloud governance.

There will be a Q&A session after the talk.

Speaker Bio:
Kuan Hon, MA (Cantab), LLM (UPenn), MSc (Imperial), LLM (Queen Mary), is consultant to the Cloud Legal Project, and a joint law and computer science PhD candidate at Queen Mary. Kuan participated in the UK G-Cloud programme's Commercial Workstream in summer/autumn 2011. Kuan is a non-practising English solicitor and New York attorney. Before taking a Master's in Computing Science at Imperial College London and moving into technology law, Kuan was a finance and insolvency lawyer in the City of London. Kuan has given numerous presentations on cloud computing, including several at CloudCamp London.