Law Enforcement and Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is gaining momentum as the new IT paradigm and a leading business and economic model.

From an EU perspective, concerns have recently been voiced about the access to data by US law enforcement agencies under the so-called USA PATRIOT Act. However, EU law enforcement agencies also have broad powers to access information placed in the cloud.

From a cloud user’s perspective, this essentially means that sound information management practice, not the USA Patriot Act or similar laws in other countries, should govern decisions regarding what data is appropriate for what range of storage sites, including use of cloud services.

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