Cloud Computing: Managing the Legal Risks

Mitigating Liabilities When Outsourcing Virtual Storage and Applications

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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This CLE course will provide counsel to businesses with best practices for managing and mitigating the legal risks in cloud computing and virtual outsourcing. The panel will offer their insights to enhance counsel's knowledge of cloud computing and its unique challenges.


Cloud computing is a powerful tool to expand data capacity, reduce costs, and enable accessing applications and data anywhere, anytime. However, there are significant risks, as demonstrated by recent well-publicized incidents of virtually stored information being irretrievably lost.

Although the risk of data losses may be rare, the legal risks are numerousand are still emerging. Key issues for businesses include developing licensing and/or service agreements, ensuring protection of corporate assets and information, and anticipating and mitigating privacy risks.

Counsel advising businesses that use or are considering using cloud computing resources must also understand the potential impact of virtual storage on legal jurisdiction questions.

Listen as our authoritative panel of attorneys discusses the legal risks of using cloud computing to store data. The panel will outline strategies for businesses and their counsel to manage and mitigate the risks while taking advantage of the benefits.



  1. Brief overview of cloud computing
    1. What is it? Everyone has a different definition
    2. Components of cloud computing
  2. Legal considerations
    1. Protection of corporate assets
    2. Privacy concerns
    3. Jurisdictional issues
    4. Intellectual property issues
    5. Export controls
  3. Minimizing and mitigating legal risks
    1. Vendor selection considerations
    2. Contracting models
    3. Impact of industry standards
  4. Contracting in the cloud
    1. Technology model
    2. Subscription model and pricing
    3. Key legal issues
    4. Contract terms


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the key advantages and critical legal risks involved in cloud computing?
  • What terms and conditions should counsel look for in a cloud computing license/service agreement?
  • What steps can counsel to businesses take to protect corporate assets and confidential data when using cloud computing resources?
  • How does the nature of cloud computing raise legal jurisdictional challenges?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Janine Anthony Bowen
Janine Anthony Bowen

Jack Attorneys & Advisors

She focuses on strategic commercial transactions involving technology and intellectual property. Such transactions...  |  Read More

Daniel A. Masur
Daniel A. Masur

Mayer Brown

He is a leader of the firm’s Business and Technology Sourcing Practice. Prior to joining the firm, he served as...  |  Read More

H. Ward Classen
H. Ward Classen
Deputy General Counsel
Computer Sciences

He has been widely published in legal journals and has spoken extensively before professional groups both domestically...  |  Read More

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