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Interesting Read: The World Privacy Forum’s Cloud Privacy Report

February 25th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The World Privacy Forum released their "Cloud Privacy Report" written by Robert Gellman two days ago. It's an interesting read that describes the many facets of data privacy concerns in Cloud environments: 

This report discusses the issue of cloud computing and outlines its implications for the privacy of 
personal information as well as its implications for the confidentiality of business and 
governmental information. The report finds that for some information and for some business 
users, sharing may be illegal, may be limited in some ways, or may affect the status or 
protections of the information shared. The report discusses how even when no laws or 
obligations block the ability of a user to disclose information to a cloud provider, disclosure may 
still not be free of consequences. The report finds that information stored by a business or an 
individual with a third party may have fewer or weaker privacy or other protections than 
information in the possession of the creator of the information. The report, in its analysis and 
discussion of relevant laws, finds that both government agencies and private litigants may be 
able to obtain information from a third party more easily than from the creator of the 
information. A cloud provider’s terms of service, privacy policy, and location may significantly 
affect a user’s privacy and confidentiality interests.

I plan to spend some time reading through the report in more depth, but I enjoyed my cursory review thus far, especially some of the coverage related to issues such as FCRA, bankruptcy, Cloud provider ownership, disclosure, etc.  Many of these issues are near and dear to my heart.

You can download the report here.

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