Cloud computing: data may be subject to U.S. laws

Philip D. Porter examines U.S. laws applicable to data in the cloud.

Cloud computing in regulated industries: for certain regulated industries, data stored in the cloud will become subject to strict U.S. regulatory requirements. These requirements are particularly acute for health related data (HIPAA, HITECH Act), financial services data (Gramm-Leach-Bliley), education data (FERPA) and childrens' data (COPPA).  Storing data in the cloud may unknowingly subject the data to U.S. laws, including the USA PATRIOT Act.  Cloud service providers are not always equipped to deal with these specific requirements.

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