Conflict of Laws and the Cloud

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Cloud technology offers wonderful potential for users in terms of convenience, ease of obtaining updates etc. However, it presents significant legal challenges. Our laws, largely based on notions of territoriality, struggle to respond to technology in which lines on maps are largely irrelevant. In this article, I articulate some of the specific challenges. The law of contract, tort and national regulation might all apply to a claim of breach of privacy in relation to material uploaded to the cloud. Unfortunately, each of the jurisdictions studied would approach the issues in different ways, potentially creating significant confusion. The article proposes a need for international co-operation and agreement on these matters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
JournalComputer Law and Security Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


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