Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

The Microsoft Warrant Case: Not Just an Irish Issue

October 7th, 2014

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The District Court for the Southern District of New York has decided that Microsoft Corporation must, pursuant to a warrant, produce to US authorities, content and non-content data relating to an e-mail account (including private emails) of a customer held on a Microsoft server in Ireland. The decision raises significant issues for cloud providers, technology companies, privacy advocates, data protection regulators and governments, not only in Ireland but across the world. The court case has been ongoing since December 2013…. Read more…

Companies Run Hadoop Data Via the Cloud

August 22nd, 2014

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Apache Hadoop is an open-source software framework for storage and large-scale processing of business data. The software breaks data into a workable size that programmers can then structure, organise, study or visualize. Prominent users of Hadoop software include Google, Facebook and Yahoo!. Research undertaken by Allied Market Research suggests that the market for using Hadoop in the cloud (“Hadoop as a Service”) is projected to grow to $16.1 billion by 2020. Allied Market Research’s report defines Hadoop as a Service… Read more…

1% of Cloud Providers meet latest EU Data Protection Requirements

August 22nd, 2014

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A survey undertaken by security provider Skyhigh Networks, a Cupertino, California based company, on the 7,000 cloud companies in its network, has revealed that only 1% of cloud providers would comply with all aspects of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). “It’s staggering how few cloud providers are prepared for the new EU regulations,” EMEA director at Skyhigh Networks Charlie Howe said in a statement. “Fortunately, there’s still time for providers to get into shape. This means addressing… Read more…

UK Court of Appeal finds that information may not be subject to a common law lien

March 26th, 2014

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Your Response Limited v Datateam Business Media Limited [2014] EWCA Civ 218 As an update to our previous post on this issue, on 14 March the UK Court of appeal decided that liens cannot be held over electronic data contained in a database. In this case, a data hosting service provider tried to exercise a lien over a database that it hosted for a customer when the customer failed to pay its fees under contract. While common law liens do… Read more…

EU body publishes report on Cloud Standards Coordination in Europe

March 11th, 2014

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The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which was tasked by the European Commission to help identify standardised cloud computing standards in Europe, has published a report that maps out the cloud standard landscape in Europe and suggests recommendations for the industry. ETSI’s mission was to “cut through the jungle of standards”, but this 59-page report does not make adhering to cloud computing standards an easy task for any organisation intending to offer cloud services. The report suggests that this area… Read more…