Cloud Computing and Trans-Border Law Enforcement Access to Private Sector Data. Challenges to Sovereignty, Privacy and Data Protection
Workshop paper collection: 'Big data & Privacy. Making Ends Meet', organised by the 'Future of Privacy Forum' and the 'Center for Internet and Society' at Stanford Law School, pp. 23-26
5 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2014 Last revised: 5 Jul 2015
Date Written: September 10, 2013
The controversial PRISM programme has unveiled a global reality of trans-border law enforcement access to private sector data, triggered by data storage via cloud computing services providers, which offer the storage and maintenance of data in data centres located all over the world. Law enforcement agencies are indeed increasingly targeting foreign cloud computing service providers. This reality poses challenges to both state interests and individual rights: it disturbs the relations between sovereign states and causes legal uncertainty as regards the applicable privacy and data protection standards for law enforcement access to personal data and metadata.
Keywords: Privacy, Data Protection, Sovereignty, Cloud Computing, Law Enforcement
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation