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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

'Compliance as a Service’: GDPR Accountability and the Evolving Relationship Between Cloud Providers and their Customers

2 October 2018

Time: 6:15 - 8:00pm
Venue: University of London Institute in Paris, 9 - 11 rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris France

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The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London, is pleased to announce the eighth seminar of the series in Paris on Regulating Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things.
This seminar on 'Compliance as a Service': GDPR Accountability and the Evolving Relationship Between Cloud Providers and their Customers will be presented by Christopher Millard, Professor of Privacy and Information Law, Project Leader for the Cloud Legal Project, and Joint Director of the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre; with commentary from leading practitioners.

Providers and users of cloud services face substantial, and growing, challenges as they seek to comply with a broad range of legal and regulatory obligations. The GDPR, with its emphasis on accountability and much tougher potential penalties, has provided a major catalyst for compliance efforts both in the EU and beyond. This seminar will explore the impact of GDPR on relationships between providers of enterprise cloud services and their customers. Empirical research will be presented on the compliance commitments that cloud providers are making (including in their contracts) as well as the perceptions and concerns of businesses using cloud services.  
The seminar will be followed by informal drinks.

In collaboration with the Association Française des Juristes d'Entreprise. 

About the Speaker

Christopher Millard is Professor of Privacy and Information Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, and is Senior Counsel to the law firm Bristows. He has over 35 years’ experience in technology law, both in academia and legal practice. Christopher has led the Cloud Legal Project since it was established at QMUL in 2009 and has been Joint Director of the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre since its launch in 2014.

His first book, Legal Protection of Computer Programs and Data (Sweet & Maxwell, 1985), was one of the earliest international comparative law works in the field and he has since published widely on legal and regulatory issues relating to information technology, communications, privacy, e-commerce, and Internet law. Since 2008 his main research focus has been cloud computing. He is co-author of Cloud Computing Law (Oxford University Press, 2013) and is a founding editor of the International Journal of Law and IT and of International Data Privacy Law.

Christopher is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Society for Computers & Law, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a past-President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations, and a past-Chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association. He was a member of the OECD’s Steering Group on Contractual Solutions for Transborder Data Flows (2000-01) and since 2002 he has been a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Privacy and Personal Data Protection.

Before he joined Bristows in 2008, Christopher was head of the global privacy practice at Linklaters and prior to that he was a partner at Clifford Chance. He has twice been designated Internet and eCommerce Lawyer of the Year by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.


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How to book

This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.


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