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Policy, Legal and Regulatory Implications of a Europe-Only Cloud

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper 191/2015

International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Autumn 2016) 24 (3): 251-278; doi: 10.1093/ijlit/eaw006

25 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2014 Last revised: 29 Nov 2016

W. Kuan Hon

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Christopher Millard

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies; Oxford Internet Institute

Chris Reed

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Jatinder Singh

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory

Ian Walden

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Jon Crowcroft

University of Cambridge

Date Written: November 21, 2014

Abstract

There has been on-going discussion regarding the alignment of cloud computing services to a range of European policy objectives. This paper provides an outline of key legal and regulatory aspects arising from recent calls for establishing a Europe-only cloud.

After covering the background to such calls, it outlines the policy objectives that may underlie the Europe-only cloud proposals. It then considers some of the legal and regulatory implications of a "Europe-only cloud" or national cloud by analysing what may be meant by "cloud", "Europe", and "only" in this connection.

Notes: Key technical aspects are discussed in a related paper, Jatinder Singh, Jean Bacon, Jon Crowcroft, Anil Madhavapeddy, Thomas Pasquier, W Kuan Hon and Christopher Millard, Regional Clouds: Technical Considerations (2014).

Keywords: cloud, cloud computing, Europe, EU, EEA, policy, Europe-only cloud

JEL Classification: K2, K20, L5, L86, O3, O30, O31, O33

Suggested Citation

Hon, W. Kuan and Millard, Christopher and Reed, Chris and Singh, Jatinder and Walden, Ian and Crowcroft, Jon, Policy, Legal and Regulatory Implications of a Europe-Only Cloud (November 21, 2014). Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper 191/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2527951

W. Kuan Hon (Contact Author)

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies ( email )

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London, WC2A 3JB
United Kingdom

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Christopher Millard

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies ( email )

67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, EC2A 3JB
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/staff/millard.html

Oxford Internet Institute

1 St Giles
Oxford, OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/

Chris Reed

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law ( email )

Jatinder Singh

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory ( email )

15 JJ Thomson Avenue
William Gates Building
Cambridge, CB3 0FD
United Kingdom

Ian Walden

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law ( email )

Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS
United Kingdom

Jon Crowcroft

University of Cambridge ( email )

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

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