Cloud Security Alliance Launches Website for Cloud-Related Legal Issues

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Nonprofit cloud security organization the Cloud Security Alliance announced on Monday it has formed a new online resource called the CSA Legal Information Center.

The website’s launch follows a recent study authored by CSA and ISACA which revealed the top ten areas where confidence in cloud services is the lowest.

The new online resource is part of a CSA’s ongoing effort to help individuals and organizations gain a better understanding for legal issues surrounding cloud computing which can often be complicated.

The CSA is a not-for-profit organization that strives to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, educating individuals on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

The CLIC website is a free resource for cloud computing practitioners, regulators, and legal experts.

The website will provide objective information about the “applicability of existing laws and also identify laws that are being impacted by technology trends that may require modification,” according to the press release.

CSA and Box will host a panel discussion titled “US and Foreign Laws Regulating Government Access to Data Held in the Cloud” on February 28th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco.

Moderated by Francoise Gilbert, founder and GM of the IT Law Group as well as general counsel for the CSA, the panel will include legal and regulatory experts from seven countries.

The panel will explore a wide range of issues related to the rule of laws governing access of governments to data held in the cloud.

“Any organization that is leveraging the cloud is now subject to a wide range of new and continuously changing regulatory compliance issues,” said Jim Reavis, executive director of the CSA. “These issues include everything from corporate data retention policies to privacy protections for citizens. Confusion about legal issues is one of the biggest issues facing both cloud providers and cloud customers. The CLIC will serve an important role in helping our member organizations not only ensure they remain in compliance with international laws but can help shape those laws as well.”

Specific details on the resources, information and assets making up the CLIC will be announced at RSA.

Last February, the Cloud Security Alliance established an Asia Pacific headquarters and named Asia Pacific strategy adviser Aloysius Cheang as managing director Asia Pacific.

Talk back: Are you concerned about the legal issues involving the cloud? Are you planning on using this new online resource from Cloud Security Alliance? Let us know in the comments section.

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