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What’s going on in the Cloud?

October 13, 2011

Cloudlaw Conference investigates privacy, security, jurisdictional, and governance legal issues in cloud computing

TORONTO, ON – The increasing popularity of storing large amounts of data in a virtualized “cloud” environment raises important and potentially new law and policy issues in such areas as jurisdiction, privacy and security, competition law, data portability and consumer protection, intellectual property, and law enforcement.

Media are invited to attend the Cloudlaw: Law & Policy in the Cloud Conference, Oct. 14, 2011, hosted by the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Sponsored by the Microsoft Information Society Project, the conference will focus on the new law and policy problems arising from cloud computing technology, such as:

  • What are some of the privacy issues cloud computing raises, and what balance should be struck between promoting efficiency in technology and protecting privacy and enabling security?
  • What can Canada learn from other jurisdictions to help it solve these problems?
  • Do consumers in the cloud need government protections in order to be free to move their data amongst cloud service providers? And how does intellectual property law enable cloud service and application providers to protect their services?
  • What are the limits of intellectual property law in this regard and what are the challenges for the provision of new cloud-based services?

Panelists include: Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner; David Fraser, Canadian privacy lawyer at McInnes Cooper; and Stephen Mutkoski, Worldwide Policy Director, Microsoft Corporation; as well as many speakers from academia, government, corporations, and legal practice.

WHAT:           CLOUDLAW: Law & Policy in the Cloud

WHEN:           Friday, October 14, 2011, 9 am to 5 pm

HOW:              Register @

WHERE:         University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House
78 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON

[Limited parking/Museum subway stop]


For more information, view the Conference website, or contact Professor Ariel Katz,, 416-978-8892