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Ethical Issues Implicated by Lawyers’ Use of Third-Party Cloud Services

Law firms increasingly turn to “cloud services” for processing and storing confidential client information because of their greater flexibility and efficiency. Use of “the cloud,” however, outsources the administration,...more

Disruptive Changes on the Horizon for Federal COTS Software Supply

Action Item: Firms making commercial off-the-shelf ("COTS") software sold to the federal government, or reselling COTS software to the federal government, should respond to the SBA’s recent proposed rule or risk a loss of...more

Meritas in the Cloud: The Digital Law Office

Technological innovations in the digitization of information and communications have greatly changed the practice of law in the past decade and will undoubtedly continue to do so at an accelerating pace. While lawyers and law...more

Data centres: The linchpins of the new digital economy

Data centres are the unseen yet integral part of the digital infrastructure of today’s global cities. The market in the specialist provision of data centres around the world is growing dramatically—and it shows no signs of...more

Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 1 - January/February 2015

In This Issue: - Good Rep: Social Media Assets in M&A Transactions - Narrow Vision: Did Anti-Glass Hysteria Contribute to the Demise of Google Glass? - Forced to Cyber-Spy: Court Rules Parents Can Be Held...more

CRM Success Steps and Strategies - Part 4: Vet Systems and Vendors

Only once you have clearly articulated needs and agreed upon goals, you can begin identifying potential systems to address them. Properly deployed and supported, CRM systems are invaluable because they can do so many things. ...more

(Un)Safe Harbor and Cloud Services in Germany Under Scrutiny

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2015, Berlin Data Protection Commissioner Dr. Alexander Dix, speaking at the European Data Protection Conference in Berlin, made a number of important announcements regarding the EU/U.S. Safe Harbor...more

Cloud Computing: Legal Issues on the Horizon

In the May 2014 issue of the Business Litigation Report, we discussed a hot topic in law and technology: cloud computing. That topic did not cool down over the summer. Businesses and courts—including the Supreme Court—have...more

Shorter and Simpler, Yes – But Is IBM’s New Cloud Services Agreement Any Sweeter?

IBM has been receiving rave reviews in the media for simplifying its Cloud Services Agreement to a mere two pages in length. And yes, the Agreement also boasts healthy margins and a normal font. But does the Agreement’s...more

Newly-Adopted Privacy Standards for Cloud Service Providers

The International Standards Organization’s new cloud standard, ISO 27018, strives to ensure that public cloud service providers (such as Amazon, Google, and Rackspace) “offer suitable information security controls to protect...more

Negotiating Cloud Contracts

The cloud computing market is evolving rapidly. New as a service (aaS) platforms are appearing and the dichotomy between public and private cloud domains has been fractured into many different shades of hybrid cloud...more

Lost in the Cloud: Dropbox, Data “Insecurity,” and Employee Shenanigans

For the uninitiated, Dropbox and other similar tools—such as SkyDrive, Google Drive, or Cubby—allow a user to log in to an account, upload documents or files to the cloud, and then access or download them from any device,...more

Cybersecurity Monday: Who Is Shopping for Your Data?

At this time of year, everyone is shopping for a good bargain. And with “Cyber Monday,” the internet has become the place to go for the best deals. The shift to online and cloud-based information systems and data storage has...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 7 - December 2014

In This Issue: - What’s in a Like? - R.I.P.: The Facebook “Like” Gate - Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes - Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud - Click...more

On the Fifth Day of Privacy, California (and Delaware) gave to me

sing it with me now…. Five Golden Rules…….(well, five new privacy laws/requirements) There are five significant new privacy laws/amendments that will be effective as of New Year’s Day — January 1, 2015 — and...more

Both Sides Now: Cloud Security and Privacy Enter the Modern Era with ISO 27018

Until recently, many cloud users felt like Joni Mitchell in her classic song, “Both Sides Now.” No matter how you looked at clouds, you never really understood them, how they worked, or what happened inside them. Cloud...more

Three Strikes…Tax on Cloud Computing Out in Michigan?

If the Department of Treasury (Treasury) was hoping that the Michigan courts would simply overlook the previous two cloud computing losses this year in Thomson Reuters and Auto-Owners, they appear to have been mistaken. Last...more

What happens in the cloud stays in the cloud: BIS reinforces export control insulation for cloud-based computing and processing

The US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently released a redacted Advisory Opinion dated November 13, 2014 that confirms for cloud-based software vendors (or Software as a Service providers)...more

Data Center Contracts: Privacy and Security Terms

A sometimes overlooked but potentially significant liability exposure for any company that uses the “cloud” to remotely store, process or distribute data is the service provider contract between the company user and its data...more

IP | Trend: Data in the Cloud is the Next Big Storm? [Video]

Convenience, accessibility, and cost have led companies and their employees to put an increased amount of data in the cloud. But, does this put corporate data at risk? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Sam Walling discuss some of...more

Tennessee SaaS Ruling Highlights Telecommunications Concerns for SaaS Providers

The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently released Letter Ruling No. 14-05, in which it considered whether certain cloud collaboration services are subject to the state’s sales tax. At a high level, the provider’s...more

Top 10 Technology Blunders for Employers

As one who presumably has no nude selfies, you may not be too concerned about a “hack” like the one that continues to afflict celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty...more

The Celebrity Hacking Scandal and You: 3 Takeaways for Everyone

By now we all know a hacker accessed the personal iCloud accounts of dozens of A-list celebrities and leaked nude photos of stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and Victoria Justice. The anonymous...more

EU Cloud Standardisation Guidelines

In November 2012, we wrote an Alert about the European Commission’s Communication on Cloud Computing intended, it said, to “... unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe”. Sceptics were doubtful that the cloud...more

EU: European Commission launches cloud SLA standardisation guidelines

DLA Piper has played a key role in the launch of guidelines issued by the European Commission intended to help businesses save money and get the most out of cloud computing services. The guidelines aim to ensure contracts...more

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