Protecting User Privacy in the Cloud: An Analysis of Terms of Service

European Journal of Law and Technology Vol 6, No 3 (2015)

19 Pages Posted: 25 Dec 2015

See all articles by Konstantinos Stylianou

Konstantinos Stylianou

University of Leeds - School of Law

Jamila Venturini

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - FGV Law School Rio de Janeiro

Nicolo Zingales

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV); Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT); Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Date Written: December 24, 2015

Abstract

We present the results of a study that collected, compared and analyzed the terms and conditions of a number of cloud services vis-a-vis privacy and data protection. First, we assembled a list of factors that comprehensively capture cloud companies' treatment of user data with regard to privacy and data protection; then, we assessed how various cloud services of different types protect their users in the collection, retention, and use of their data, as well as in the disclosure to law enforcement authorities. This commentary provides comparative and aggregate analysis of the results.

Keywords: Privacy, Data protection, Terms of service, Cloud computing, Trust, Cloud, Terms of use

Suggested Citation

Stylianou, Konstantinos and Venturini, Jamila and Zingales, Nicolo, Protecting User Privacy in the Cloud: An Analysis of Terms of Service (December 24, 2015). European Journal of Law and Technology Vol 6, No 3 (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707852

Konstantinos Stylianou (Contact Author)

University of Leeds - School of Law ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Jamila Venturini

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - FGV Law School Rio de Janeiro ( email )

Praia de Botafogo, 190, 13° andar
Rio de Janeiro, 22250-900
Brazil

Nicolo Zingales

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) ( email )

Praia de Botafogo 190
Rio de Janeiro, 22250-900
Brazil

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

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Netherlands

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