Cloud Computing: Quandary Over Defining ‘What’ Is Protected and ‘Who’ Are Regulated

47 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2021

Date Written: September 30, 2017


Cloud computing has changed technological landscape. It provides immense potential by leveraging resources to their maximal capacity. The cost efficiencies gained by using cloud platforms have spurred hundreds of new companies revolutionizing the IT space. Though cloud offers numerous benefits to customers and individual users, it presents a dark side of personal data vulnerability. The present paper aims at studying the Nature of Personal data at various layers and stages in a Cloud Environment. It argues that laws should be complimentary to the societal design thus aiding progress of the civilization. With 78% of Europe hooked on Internet and using some form of cloud application, the societies desire should be furthered rather than constrained by strict and overarching rules. The paper presents various intricate, complex and technical possibilities of cloud, which are not in sync with present regulatory system: suited for Client-Server Models. The paper argues that the present regulations look into privacy issues with a binary vision (0 or 1 view) and provide for omnibus provisions. A fresh new perspective of viewing different entities of cloud in their modular nature might be needed for a vibrant cloud environment.

Keywords: Cloud Computing, Innovation, One Size Fits All Regulations.

JEL Classification: K2, K21,K22

Suggested Citation

Somawarpet, Girish, Cloud Computing: Quandary Over Defining ‘What’ Is Protected and ‘Who’ Are Regulated (September 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Girish Somawarpet (Contact Author)

Universidad de Alicante ( email )

Campus de San Vicente
Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig
San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante 03690

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