Practical Legal Considerations When Thinking About Cloud Computing

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Senior associate Michael Dover co-authored the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel article Practical Legal Considerations When Thinking About Cloud Computing.” The article outlines cloud computing and the legal and regulatory issues that companies should consider before entering into a cloud relationship. Michael describes the common cloud computing service models and the four main cloud infrastructure models: private, public, community, and hybrid. It also provides several considerations that a business should evaluate in a cloud service provider agreement: data collection and privacy, data storage, service interruptions, termination assistance and intellectual property rights. Lastly, the article covers post-contracting concerns and suggest that businesses should consider whether their data is subject to a third party civil or government subpoena issued to their cloud service provider.

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