There is a lot of discussion surrounding the definition of The Cloud. Some believe it is just a new term for what we are used to, the use of improved hosting facilities and increased network speed. In legal terms, Cloud software is described as a service rather than a product and the issues surrounding this service relate to integrity, service levels, data processing and confidentiality.
You also need to consider jurisdiction – where is the data held? If there were disputes, what would be the liability of a third party host and what is the status of data for data protection purposes?
As specialist IT lawyers we’ve dealt with both installed and hosted solutions and grappled with the different issues these methods present. Sometimes a single standard contract won’t work and that is when you need an expert to help.
The issues may be similar to those which apply when someone comes and puts a disc into a server, but sometimes to address them appropriately you need to understand the ways in which these issues can spiral, the technology behind them, the meaning of intellectual property and the roles of those involved. That’s our job; let us do the legwork and guide you through the process; avoiding the pitfalls and hassle.
Speak to Paul Berwin or one of the Digital team today 01423 509000.