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
Date Written: November 21, 2014
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.
Note: 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
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