Let’s say you’re considering deploying or moving one or more applications – maybe mission-critical applications – to the cloud. Compared with an on-premise deployment, what legal risks, regulatory compliance issues and related concerns are new or different?

To answer that question, let’s begin by rolling back the clock on “cloud computing” and ask what that term really means.  Recall software as a service, application service providers and service bureaus.  Thirty-five years ago, one court defined a service bureau as “an organization that leases or sells the computer time, manpower, or other computational support to the public.” Fast forward to the 1990s when, with the broad availability of the Internet, ASPs entered the jargon of the technology world.

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