Cloud Computing, Storage & Security Report, 2018

How Safe is Cloud Legally ?

Report Description

The innovations in technology in this era have deeply impacted every sector of the economy. Especially the service sector. There is a rapid growth in the demand for services that are dependent on technology. The technological upgradation and digitalized words have changed the consumer behaviour.

Cloud computing services are increasingly taking up an integral role in people’s daily life, as individuals functioning in the physical world or in the virtual sphere are shifting to digitalized services which are based on the cloud. Cloud has provided many benefits such as high availability, high scale, and lower cost. According to the Cloud Computing Security & Frameworks Report, 2018 consumer and business enterprises are using on an average of 1500 types of different cloud services.

The report has dealt with the legal issues that arise in the cloud services. Apart from the benefits, cloud computing storage has many legal impediments in this world of the internet because of lack of specific regulatory frameworks. The report has included two major regions for analysing the legalities involved, including USA and EU.

The global revenue of public cloud computing is 235 Billion USD in 2017 as per the report and is expected to reach 500 Billion USD by 2022.

The Report has given emphasis to the regulations that involve confidentiality legislation, data security laws, personal information laws as well as licensing and copying rules. These rules exist for legitimate reasons and do not need to comprise impediments at a national level to the usage of cloud services. But even if national legislation is designed to benefit a domestic market, this is not sufficient for a well-functioning international market for cloud services. International differences in legislation in different areas and the uncertainty concerning which legislation is applicable are common impediments to cross-border trade.

The potential benefits of cloud computing need to be weighed taking into account the organization’s needs in terms of privacy, security, regulatory compliance, existing hardware/infrastructure, and many other factors. Some of these factors are discussed in greater detail in the report. It is important to note that while the scope of the cloud is expanding, it is not suited to every application.


Global Revenue of Public Cloud Computing in 2017 is $217 Billion

Table of


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Reasons for Cloud Computing Adoption 
  3. Evolution of Cloud Computing Services
  4. Sector wise Usage of Cloud Computing Services
  5. Legal impediments of Cloud Computing Services
    1. Data privacy
    2. Security
    3. Data Localizations
    4. Territoriality
    5. Contractual Issues
    6. Intellectual Property Issues
  6. International Laws 
    1. General agreement on Trade and Tariffs
    2. OECD Privacy Framework
  7. Multilateral Agreements
    1. EU-US Privacy Shield
  8. EU Legal Analysis
    1. GDPR
    2. Other relevant policies and frameworks
  9. US Legal Analysis
    1. Privacy act
    2. USA patriot Act
    3.  Electronic Communications Privacy Act
    4. Gramm Leach Bailey Act
    5. FRA
    6. HIPAA
    7. Federal Cloud Strategy

List of


List of Graphs

  1. Incremental Adoption of Cloud Services per Organization (2013-2017)
  2. Global Revenue of Public Cloud Computing From 2009-2017
  3. Percentage Market Share of Cloud Service Providers -2017
  4. Average number of Cloud Services used by Sectors (2017)

Countries Analysed

European Union 

United States of America

A Complete Analysis of 2 Regions



International, National and Regional Laws

  1. International Laws
    1. General agreement on Trade and Tariffs
    2. OECD Privacy Framework
  2. Multilateral Agreements
    1. EU-US Privacy Shield
  3. EU
    1. GDPR
    2. Other relevant policies and frameworks
  4. US
    1. Privacy act
    2. USA patriot Act
    3. Electronic Communications Privacy Act
    4. Gramm Leach Bailey Act
    5. FRA
    6. HIPAA
    7. Federal Cloud Strategy
International, National and Regional Laws


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