Dec 16, 2014

What laws govern personal information in the cloud?

A reader asks: What are the key laws that govern my personal information in the cloud?
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12/17/2014
Before you look towards legislation, make sure you understand your provider's terms of service as to what they own and what you own. These terms are changing all the time, so you should revisit their page if you haven't been over there in a while, or like many of us just clicked through all the legalese.

There is an excellent, although a bit dated article from Mashable that covers some of the basics here:
http://mashable.com/2011/10/19/cloud-privacy/

More of the legal framework is outlined here:
http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/privacy-in-the-cloud-a-legal-framework-68268/

Then there is the issue of what about providers outside of the US. This article covers some major points:
http://mspmentor.net/infocenter-cloud-based-file-sharing/031414/future-cloud-computing-laws-and-regulations

12/17/2014
David has a very good answer. The laws involved may also vary from country to country.
Best answer
12/17/2014
Before you look towards legislation, make sure you understand your provider's terms of service as to what they own and what you own. These terms are changing all the time, so you should revisit their page if you haven't been over there in a while, or like many of us just clicked through all the legalese.

There is an excellent, although a bit dated article from Mashable that covers some of the basics here:
http://mashable.com/2011/10/19/cloud-privacy/

More of the legal framework is outlined here:
http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/privacy-in-the-cloud-a-legal-framework-68268/

Then there is the issue of what about providers outside of the US. This article covers some major points:
http://mspmentor.net/infocenter-cloud-based-file-sharing/031414/future-cloud-computing-laws-and-regulations

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