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Researchers: Study Your Cloud Computing Contracts

DATA PROTECTION—UK

November 24, 2010

Computerworld reports on a recent study by UK academics which found that cloud computing contracts may contain clauses posing risks to users. The Cloud Legal Project at Queen Mary University of London studied 31 cloud computing contracts from 27 providers and found that the contracts sometimes can be terminated for lack of use or sometimes for no reason, contain disclaimers denying responsibility for keeping user data secure and can be revoked for violations of the provider's "acceptable use" policy. Claims against a provider for data loss or a privacy breach may be difficult in cases where the provider seems local but, in fact, is hosted on another continent, the report warns.
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