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Cloud Computing: Storm Warning for Privacy?

Nicole Ozer & Chris Conley, CLOUD COMPUTING: STORM WARNING FOR PRIVACY, ACLU of Northern California, 2010

20 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2010 Last revised: 4 Mar 2014

Nicole Ozer

ACLU of Northern California

Chris Conley

ACLU of Northern California

Date Written: January 29, 2010

Abstract

“Cloud computing” - the ability to create, store, and manipulate data through Web-based services - is growing in popularity. Cloud computing itself may not transform society; for most consumers, it is simply an appealing alternative tool for creating and storing the same records and documents that people have created for years. However, outdated laws and varying corporate practices mean that documents created and stored in the cloud may not have the same protections as the same documents stored in a filing cabinet or on a home computer. Can cloud computing services protect the privacy of their consumers? Do they? And what can we do to improve the situation?

Cloud Computing: Storm Warning for Privacy? is the first in a series of issue papers by the ACLU of Northern California that discuss new technology trends and their consequences. This paper examines the current state of legal and technical privacy protections for consumers of cloud computing services and explores opportunities for consumers, businesses, and policymakers to work together to update and enhance these protections.

Part I of this paper provides background information on cloud computing. Part II examines the privacy concerns that arise from the use of cloud computing services and Part III surveys the current state of privacy protections for consumers of these services. Finally, Part IV identifies opportunities for legal, technological, and social mechanisms to be reinforced so that Internet consumers are not forced to lose control of their information when they use cloud computing services.

Keywords: Cloud Computing, Privacy, Technology, dotRights, ACLU of Northern California

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Ozer, Nicole and Conley, Chris, Cloud Computing: Storm Warning for Privacy? (January 29, 2010). Nicole Ozer & Chris Conley, CLOUD COMPUTING: STORM WARNING FOR PRIVACY, ACLU of Northern California, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1611820

Nicole Ozer (Contact Author)

ACLU of Northern California ( email )

39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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HOME PAGE: http://www.aclunc.org/tech

Chris Conley

ACLU of Northern California ( email )

39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.dotrights@aclunc.org

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