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Description - Cloud Computing Law by Christopher Millard

Cloud computing, whereby software, data processing, data storage and other key IT requirements are delivered as a service via the Internet, is evolving rapidly. However, whilst many organisations are becoming reliant on cloud resources, contracts for cloud services often contain provisions that are inappropriate, unenforceable and/or illegal. Similarly, the application of established data protection concepts to the storage and processing of information in cloud environments can be problematic, with fundamental uncertainties as to what is regulated, who is reponsible, which laws apply, and the circumstances in which law enforcement authorities can obtain access to information. Covering the key legal and regulatory issues surrounding cloud computing, this work provides an invaluable analysis of this evolving area of law. Topics covered include contracts, data ownership and protection, access to data, competition, and consumer protection as well as an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of governance models for cloud computing, making this the most coherent and comprehensive study of the issues surrounding cloud computing law.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199671687
ISBN-10: 0199671680
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 22-Oct-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Cloud Computing Law by Christopher Millard - Reviewed by (23 Jul 2014)


An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Having started out as a ‘computer lawyer’ in the 1980s, Professor Christopher Millard, who edits this important book on this very contemporary subject, refers to the legal and regulatory changes that have emerged in response to the advent of cloud computing.

‘Cloud Computing Law’, he says, ‘is worthy of attention as a specialist area of legal research, teaching and practice.’

Heading a team of seven expert contributors, Millard had brought at least three decades of experience and research to the compilation of this book. To cite only one example out of his dizzying list of credentials, he was asked by Microsoft in 2008 to lead a research project -- together with colleagues -- to assess the legal and regulatory implications of cloud computing.

This book synthesizes the numerous and detailed results of the subsequent Cloud Legal Project launched in 2009 which has in turn led to further research as new developments and issues have emerged in cloud computing technology.

Newly released by the Oxford University Press, the book examines, (in Millard’s words) ‘various key legal constructs and rules which apply to cloud computing, both in theory and practice’ -- with the additional objective of furthering the debate on how the governance of cloud computing may be improved.

Part I of the book explains what cloud computing actually is: in other words, it is a means by which computer services are delivered over a network (rather than housed in the hard drive of your own computer). As such, ‘the cloud may prove to be as disrupting an innovation as was the emergence of cheap electricity over a hundred years ago’; electricity also being a utility delivered through a network.

Part II deals with contractual issues (which must inevitably arise). Part II examines the protection of personal data in the clouds. Part IV, in addressing the issues of cloud regulation and governance, focuses on such matters as law enforcement, consumer protection and competition between cloud service providers and ends with an assessment of ways and means of developing effective cloud governance frameworks.

It seems that Millard and his team have tackled every aspect of this emerging area of law. Their plain English approach to what can be an abstruse subject will certainly be of benefit to both practitioners and scholars wishing to delve into the legal ramifications of cloud computing.

This is a carefully researched and extensively footnoted book and is very much one for our times. It will provide career-enhancing information as well as useful and indeed entertaining reading for lawyers and non-lawyers alike as further cloud development takes place.

Author Biography - Christopher Millard

Christopher Millard is Professor of Privacy and Information Law at the Centre for Commercial law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. He is also a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and is Of Counsel to the law firm Bristows. He has over 30 years experience in technology law, both in academia and legal practice, and has led the Cloud Legal Project at CCLS since it was established in 2009. He is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Society for Computers & Law and past-Chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association. He has published widely in the computer law field and is a founding editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology and of International Data Privacy Law (both Oxford University Press).