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Legal Issues Around Cloud Computing Services: US Context


As cloud service providers gain traction, a new set of concerns are emerging over cloud computing legalities. Many customers are understandably reluctant to commit without knowing where they are, legally speaking, but it’s troubling that many organizations are unaware of their cloud-related legal issues before they sign a service contract. This article provides important information…

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Cloud Adoption & Legal Concerns


Intellectual property lawyers voice their frustrations with cloud computing contracts, which sometimes state that service providers bear no liability should anything go wrong with their service. Should something go wrong, the customer takes full responsibility. According to Tanya Forsheit, founding partner of InfoLawGroup, “The cloud providers try to convey a take-it-or-leave-it attitude for their contracts,…

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City of Los Angeles Backs Out of Google Contract


In mid-December 2011, the city council of Los Angeles voted to amend their contract with Google Apps due to security and privacy concerns. Rather than transfer its email services to Google’s cloud, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) decided to back out of its contract, instead opting to stay with its on-site Novell platform for…

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Signing Contracts in the Cloud


Being able to sign documents in the cloud is yet another example of how cloud computing is facilitating the processes of digital evolution. The development of online document signature has gone through a number of exciting changes in recent years. These changes have important implications for consumers as well as service providers. There are a…

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Cloud Service Providers & Questionable Contracts


Cloud service contracts are often rushed through, which leads to costly blunders and serious risks. According to a recent Techaisle estimate, small and medium businesses are reviewing and signing about $11 billion worth of cloud service contracts, in 2011 alone. Four Risks Whenever an enterprise is planning to enter into a cloud computing contract, it…

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