Cloud Law or Legal Cloud?

Cloud Law or Legal Cloud?

Michaël Van de Borne, Ingénieur de Recherche au CETIC, a présenté l’expertise du CETIC en matière de Cloud Computing à la conférence "Cloud Law or Legal Cloud?" qui s’est déroulée à Bruxelles, le 30 septembre 2011.

Nowadays, an isolated machine is generally pointless. With the development of bandwidth, storage and data transfer capacities, computing is now based upon communication and mutualisation of
resources. In a "cloud computing" scheme, computing becomes a mere commodity, which is delivered on demand and from a remote, sometimes unknown or variable location.
The commercial representative of your IT provider has probably already informed you about the advantages of such services, but one question remains: ...are we "legally ready" for cloud computing?

Data protection and transfers, new contractual practices and painful international private law issues are the common issues to be addressed when analysing the phenomenon from a legal point of view.
Furthermore, each entity bound by regulatory compliance constraints has to assess whether "going into the cloud" is wise, or even allowed, taking into account its activities and the data or processes that it would like to outsource this way. The aim of the conference is to explore the legal contexts of cloud computing globally, but also from a sector-oriented perspective.


  • 9h00 Welcoming of the participants
  • 9h30 Technical introduction to Cloud computing - Michaël VAN DE BORNE (CETIC)
  • 10h00 Cloud governance is more than security - Patrick SOENEN (QAP)
  • 10h30 Introduction to private international law issues raised by the Cloud -
    Jean-Philippe MOINY (CRIDS – Research Fellow FRS-FNRS)
  • 11h00 Coffee Break
  • 11h15 Privacy in the Cloud - Jean-Marc VAN GYSEGHEM (CRIDS – Lawyer at the Brussels Bar)
  • 11h45 Luxembourg, Clouds on the financial sector - Cyril PIERRE-BEAUSSE (Allen & Overy)
  • 12h15 Lunch
  • 14h00 Contracts for clouds: a survey of terms and conditions - Ian W ALDEN (Queen Mary University of London)
  • 14h30 Restrictions on Online Gambling across EU - Manuel ESPARRAGO (Policy Action)
  • 15h00 E-Health in the Cloud? - Jean HERVEG (CRIDS – Lawyer at the Brussels Bar)
  • 15h30 Q/A & Coffee Break
  • 16h00 Cloud & tax law - Mikael GOSSIAUX (Cabinet H&V)
  • 16h30 Intellectual property rights to and in the Cloud & conclusion of the day - Philippe LAURENT (CRIDS – Lawyer at the Brussels Bar)
  • 17h00 THE END

Detailed programme: see leaflet

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