Governmental Access to Data in the Cloud – A comparative analysis of ten international jurisdictions

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 27, 2012

A Global Reality: Governmental Access to Data in the Cloud – A comparative analysis of ten international jurisdictions Governmental access to data stored in the Cloud – including cross-border access – exists in every jurisdiction, by Winston Maxwell, Paris, France Christopher Wolf, Washington, DC; May 23, 2012. A Hogan Lovells White Paper.

  • “This White Paper examines the extent to which access to data in the Cloud by governments in various jurisdictions is possible, regardless of where a Cloud provider is located. “Governmental access,” as that term is used here, includes access by all types of law enforcement authorities and other governmental agencies, recognizing that the rules may be different for law enforcement and national security access. Governments need some degree of access to data for criminal (including cybercrime) investigations and for
    purposes of national security. But privacy and confidentiality also are important issues. This paper does not enter into the ongoing debate about the potential for excessive government access to data and insufficient procedural protections. Rather, this White Paper undertakes to compare the nature and extent of governmental access to data in the Cloud in many jurisdictions around the world.”

  • See also Study: Patriot Act Gives US Government No Special Access to Cloud Data
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