Computing in the Cloud

I’m new to the cloud, just having opened a Dropbox account a couple of weeks ago. Still even to a newbie like me its clear that cloud computing on a larger scale can raise many legal issues about privacy and security. As it turns out the potential new law and policy issues are many. To address these issues the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law is hosting an all-day conference on Friday October 14 entitled Cloudlaw: Law and Policy in the Cloud. The conference will consider the issues that may arise from the storing of large amounts of information virtually in the “cloud” as opposed to locally on your own organization’s servers.

Speakers include the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Dr. Ann Cavoukian who will deliver the keynote address, as well as speakers from academia, government, corporations, and legal practice. They will discuss the jurisdictional challenges that the cloud presents as well as privacy and security, competition law and IP issues raised by the cloud. Details and registration information can be found on the conference website.

And if you like me need a good description of what the “cloud” is, Wesley Ng has a nice overview in his recent SLAW posting.

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