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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