The Growing Need for Universal Cloud Data Laws

The Growing Need for Universal Cloud Data Laws

By Micheal Mullen | December 18, 2014

The more you learn about the politics of cloud, the more interesting it gets. Some countries have rules where government or citizen data must remain inside its country of origin. At first it sounds like an argument deep in protectionism. Yet, as countries are finally clarifying their rules around digital data stored in data farms inside their countries, other countries are finally starting to take notice.

Companies are fighting to become more global and we assume that as cloud technology becomes more advanced and wide-spread, CTOs may soon need to have staff or advisors who can help them not only understand how to engineer better cloud solutions, they’ll need a new level of expertise in understanding where that data will reside and the laws that govern it.

Case in point, the U.S. government has been in a legal fight with Microsoft’s servers in Ireland. The issue, as told through Microsoft, rivals together fight US govt's cloud data snatch is that the U.S. government is attempting to use a U.S. warrant to access email data on an Irish server. And it is a fight that Microsoft isn’t backing down on.

It’s obvious that while territories and countries are quickly developing their laws around data stored inside their borders, there needs to be broader lateral agreements around how that data is stored, what laws will need to be used if there are governmental or legal requests for access to that data and many other discussions. Or else there might be a push by countries to create “data embassies” in friendly territories to circumvent any regional laws. Such "data embassies" would be similar to state embassies in places like Washington, DC where the grounds are that country's sovereign territory. Of course, the final resolution or laws around such cloud data will happen after much debate. We'll stay tuned.

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Micheal Mullen

currently serves as Senior Content Manager at Metalogix. Previously, he's authored or edited content on sites including ZD Net, Deltek, The Washington Post and L-3 Communications. Hunt him down @metalogix and on Facebook.

Written By: Micheal Mullen