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Cybersecurity Update - July 2015

Employees are the front line of your information security defense. While technological protections are essential (for example, anti- virus software, firewalls, spam filters, etc.), none are as effective as a vigilant end...more

Taxing Cloud Computing: New York Gets It Half Right

The term “cloud computing” is broad enough to cover a vast array of transactions, all of which use the Internet in some fashion. Two of the most prevalent forms of cloud computing are “software as a service” (SaaS) and...more

Trade Secrets, Security, and Cloud Computing: Best Practices Now

As businesses increasingly store and access confidential information in the cloud, questions arise as to how to safeguard a company’s private data once it becomes part of an external computing network. Standards for...more

An Introduction to Cloud Computing: Business Advantages, Legal Risks

Predictions suggest that the global market for cloud computing services should reach $118 billion by the end 2015 and climb as high as $200 billion by 2018. Although the cloud computing industry continues to be in its...more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2015: Top 10 Checklist

A compilation of time-sensitive and trending legal and regulatory issues that general counsels and business leaders should be aware of in 2015. Employers Should be Aware of Multigenerational Workforce Risk - For...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #3

Harlem Globetrotters Get an Assist From CARU - In a rare loss, the Harlem Globetrotters agreed, at the direction of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU), that their age-screening practices for the company's...more

Privacy and Security Guidance: Cloud Computing in the MUSH Sector

I. Purpose of this Guidance Document and How to Apply - This document is intended to be used by decision makers in the MUSH Sector when considering using cloud services....more

"City of Chicago Expands Tax Reach to Internet Services"

On June 9, 2015, the city of Chicago released two rulings that significantly expand the city’s 9 percent gross receipt tax to charges for cloud computing and other services delivered over the Internet. The first ruling (City...more

Cloud Computing: Not Always the Low Cost Alternative

There is no doubt cloud computing has delivered multiple benefits to the IT organization. However, without proper management and controls, these benefits could become a non-trivial expense to the organization. In a Wall...more

The European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy and its impact on your business

The Strategy contains several key actions under three pillars and the Commission will set out to make a number of relevant legislative proposals in this regard. As a first step to implement the Strategy, also on 6 May 2015,...more

Chicago's New Lease Tax Applies to Personal Property and “The Cloud” - The Tax Includes "Non-Possessory Computer Leases" Unless...

The Chicago Department of Finance (the "Department") issued Lease Transaction Tax Ruling No. 12 with respect to application of Chicago's Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (the "lease tax") to non-possessory computer...more

Proposed Change to Export Controls Would Allow Use of the Cloud for Encrypted Data

On June 3, 2015 the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published proposed regulations which would change the definition of the...more

Chicago, Searching for Tax, Taxes Searchable Websites

A new ruling by the City of Chicago, the Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax Ruling #12 (June 9, 2015), takes a broad view of how its whopping 9 percent tax applies to cloud-based services. Providers of information...more

The City of Chicago Moves Aggressively to Tax ‘The Cloud’

As a result of two rulings, each effective July 1, 2015, the city of Chicago will attempt to tax the “Cloud” more directly and comprehensibly than any other U.S. jurisdiction. On June 9, 2015, the Chicago Department of...more

The USA Freedom Act: What it Changes and (Mostly) Doesn't for Cloud Services--And is it Really the Issue

The recent showdown over renewal of certain provisions of the USA Patriot Act (often called simply the Patriot Act) and the subsequent enactment of the USA Freedom Act have raised a number of questions about the ongoing...more

Court of Appeal Upholds Injunction Against Google (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc.)

Apparently Google does not appreciate being ordered by a Canadian court to remove worldwide search results. In Update on Injunction Against Google (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc.) we reviewed a 2014 decision in which...more

Oral Argument Scheduled in Microsoft Foreign Data Demand Appeal

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral argument for September 9, 2015 on Microsoft’s appeal of a district court opinion upholding the validity of the U.S. government’s search warrant for customer data stored...more

Outsourcing by Canadian Companies after the USA PATRIOT Act

Wondering about outsourcing your data to the U.S.? What follows is an update to one of our most popular posts: Outsourcing by Canadian Companies: Another Look at the USA PATRIOT Act, originally written in January 2013....more

New Technologies Test the Limits of the Duty to Preserve, Collect and Produce Information in Civil Discovery

While the question of whether specific records are within a party’s possession, custody or control has been heavily litigated for years, the digital revolution — with the advent of social media, cloud computing and mobile...more

Four Things You Should Know about New York State’s Recent Advisory Opinion on the Taxation of Software as a Service (“SaaS”)

On May 15, 2015, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance released Advisory Opinion TSB-A-15(2)S which concluded that sales of certain cloud computing services are not subject to New York State sales and use tax....more

Four Things You Should Know About New York's Recent Advisory Opinion on the Taxation of SaaS

On May 15, 2015, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance determined in Advisory Opinion TSB-A-15(2)S that the sale of certain cloud computing services were not subject to New York State sales and use tax. The Advisory...more

To Err Is Human; to Indemnify, Divine?: Human Foibles in the Cloud

BakerHostetler’s inaugural Data Security Incident Response Report (the “Report”) concluded that employee negligence and theft were two of the top five causes of data security incidents for the more than 200 incidents that we...more

New York Advises Sales of “Computing Power” Not Taxable

Yesterday, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance Office of Counsel issued advisory opinion TSB-A-15(2)S holding that cloud computing vendors providing “Internet infrastructure” were not subject to sales tax. ...more

Cloud Computing Contracts Top Issues for Healthcare Providers

In this Issue: - Summary - Overview - Cloud - Use - Security - Privacy - Functions - Availability - Performance - Location - Services -...more

Cloud computing contracts – the EU Commission report

Further to the EU Commission communication on “Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe” the Commission adopted a European Cloud Computing Strategy (you can find more information here) which is also based on a...more

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