CSO Magazine has published an article authored by Hogan Lovells privacy lawyers Winston Maxwell and Christopher Wolf entitled “Dangerous Assumptions About Clouds,” which debunks common assumptions about ‘local clouds’, the Patriot Act, and (many) governments’ access to data.
This blog entry links to a piece written for Forbes by Hogan Lovells privacy practice leader Chris Wolf in which he contrasts the relatively light penalty imposed upon Dharun Ravi, the Rutgers student convicted of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, with the remedies imposed by the Federal Trade Commission for violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act.
Hogan Lovells has published a White Paper with the results of a study about governmental access to data in the cloud around the world. The White Paper debunks the frequently-expressed assumption that the United States is alone in permitting governmental access to data for law enforcement or national security reasons. The White Paper concludes that businesses are misleading themselves and their customers if they believe that restricting Cloud service providers to one jurisdiction better insulates data from governmental access. It is incorrect to assume that the United States government’s access to data in the Cloud is greater than that of other advanced economies. The White Paper examines the laws of the ten countries, including the United States, with respect to governmental authorities’ ability to access data stored in or transmitted through the Cloud, and documents the similarities and differences among the various legal regimes. The paper was written by Christopher Wolf, co-director of Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Information Management practice, and Paris Office partner Winston Maxwell. It was released today at a program presented by the Openforum Academy in Brussels at which both Wolf and Maxwell spoke. This blog post links to a copy of the White Paper and summarizes its findings.