Cloud Computing Technology

Cloud computing or cloud storage is often referred to as “the Cloud” and refers to a technology model that provides universal network access to a shareable pool of resources. At the same time, cloud storage refers to a technology model that provides easy accessibility to digital data through computer services from storage servers providers.

Data Security and Ownership Issues

The increasing popularity of cloud storage with smart devices has brought legal and technological issues to the forefront. These issues include data security and data ownership issues. Although many people think that the data they save in the cloud belongs to them, this may not always be true. Depending on the service contract, the cloud provider may have a property right or licence in the hosted data. However, cloud computing users may only be thinking about the convenience of data retrieval. Therefore, questions of security and ownership may take a back seat until an issue arises. As GRC LEGAL, we provide consultancy services in these two intricate areas and in the context of cloud computing technologies and issues that will be hot on the agenda in the near future, if not today, blending with our other legal experience.

Cloud Computing Contracts

Cloud users should avoid making assumptions about ownership or use of the service. For example, businesses using or providing cloud services need legal arrangements that establish the rights of all parties. Cloud agreements should be carefully negotiated and drafted to include clear clauses on various factors, such as
  • Data Ownership
  • Licences Created
  • Security Measures for Privacy
  • Hacking Prevention Procedures
  • Storage Backup
  • Intellectual Property Issues
  • Third Party Access
  • Liabilities, Guarantees and Restrictions
  • Compensation Provisions
While cloud computing service providers seek provisions for legal compliance and liability limitations and solutions for user breaches, cloud users, on the other hand, seek regulatory provisions for privacy protection and data security in the event of server outages or data breaches.

Preventive Cloud Protection

At GRC LEGAL, we review and analyse business processes and security measures to address concerns and identify opportunities to improve data protection. We also provide legal advice to corporates and governments on best practices and help develop a cost-effective, proactive approach to minimise risk.