Cloud computing, one of the major technological advances of the early twenty-first century, has already brought about tremendous economic and social benefits. In essence, cloud computing takes advantage of the Internet to connect users to a vast “cloud” of interlinked servers, data storage systems, and other digital devices located all over the world. Whereas the user of a computer was once limited to the processing power, storage capacity, and programs within her own machine, cloud computing offers her seamless access to virtually unlimited power and data storage, along with applications
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today unanimously reversed a lower court’s denial of Microsoft’s motion to quash a warrant seeking the content of emails for a customer of its Outlook.com email service. The decision is surprising in that that U.S. courts, including the Second Circuit, have traditionally enforced government process seeking documents or data stored abroad from entities that have control over the information under the test of “control, not location.” See In the Matter of a Grand Jury Subpoena Directed to
DSM Watch: Commission presents measures to digitise European Industry Today, the European Commission published its Communication on “Digitising European Industry – Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market” together with several other Communications and Staff Working Documents. These documents set out a series of measures and proposals intended to reinforce the EU’s competitiveness in digital technologies and to ensure that every industry in Europe can fully benefit from digital innovations.
Emerging technologies, such as cloud computing and the “smart city,” have the potential to greatly advance our quality of life. The use, retention, and storage of data that go along with them, however, have raised citizen concerns about privacy risks. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) addresses these concerns in a new draft report titled Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems (NISTIR 8062), which was released on May 29, 2015. The report introduces NIST’s Privacy Risk Management Framework (“PRMF”), which anticipates and addresses privacy risk resulting from
In this post (the last in this series), we focus on the initiatives introduced under the third pillar of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: Maximising the growth potential of the European Digital Economy The third pillar is built around the recognition of the pervasive nature of digital technology, and that soon all industry sectors will be digitised to some extent. The Commission is thus concerned by the need for Europe to maintain its competitiveness in this area, and so under the third pillar it is seeking to optimise
On February 27, 2014, the European Parliament (“EP”) adopted a resolution on private copying levies, finding that a copyright levy regime is relevant in the online environment but that licensing models for streaming services (where no copy can be stored on a device) should have preference. The EP calls on the European Commission to assess the impact of the use of cloud computing technology for private recording and storage of works to determine whether a levy regime should also apply to cloud computing services. This article looks at the EP’s
By Pablo Rivas in our Madrid Office Following the example of the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés or CNIL), the Spanish Data protection Authority (Agencia Española de Protección de Datos or AEPD) has opened a public consultation on cloud computing to learn the opinions and experience of service providers and users. Interested parties have until January 27 to submit their comments. This public consultation is an good opportunity to enhance the AEPD’s understanding of problems on data protection arising from cloud computing and may