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Grey Areas - The Legal Dimensions of Cloud Computing

Grey Areas - The Legal Dimensions of Cloud Computing
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Author(s): Michael Davis (Adelta Legal, Adelaide, Australia) and Alice Sedsman (Adelta Legal, Adelaide, Australia)
Copyright: 2010
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Pages: 10
Source title: International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics (IJDCF)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Feng Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
DOI: 10.4018/jdcf.2010010103

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Abstract

Cloud computing has been heralded as a new era in the evolution of information and communications technologies. ICT giants have invested heavily in developing technologies and mega server facilities, which allow end users to access web-based software applications and store their data off-site. Businesses using cloud computing services will benefit from reduced operating costs as they cut back on ICT infrastructure and personnel. Individuals will no longer need to buy and install software and will have universal access to their data through any internet-ready device. Yet, hidden amongst the host of benefits are inherent legal risks. The global nature of cloud computing raises questions about privacy, security, confidentiality and access to data. Current terms of use do not adequately address the multitude of legal issues unique to cloud computing. In the face of this legal uncertainty, end users should be educated about the risks involved in entering the cloud.

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