CloudWATCH: Legal Guide to the Cloud: How to protect personal data in cloud service contracts

CloudWATCH: While cloud technologies and services have evolved fast are are increasingly benefitting businesses, governments and consumers, contracts regulating cloud services have not. Cloud service providers typically offer contracts in a standard and non-negotiable form. Cloud service customers are typically data controllers under European Union law, but may find it difficult to discharge services towards data subjects and Data Protection Authorities. 

This Legal Guide provides some basic guidelines to cloud customers when entering a cloud contract. It addresses a series of recurrent contractual issues from the perspective of data protection law in a concise but comprehensive way. It also provides references to other checklists and standards tackling issues for cloud services where relevant. 


Target audiences: Potential adopters of cloud services, SMEs

Authors: Nicholas Ferguson, Silvana Muscella, Stephanie Parker, Trust-IT Services