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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

PARIS EVENT: Forced Localisation of Cloud Services: Is Privacy the Real Driver?

5 October 2016

Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Venue: 9 - 11 rue de Constantine, Paris 7e

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), is hosting the second of their seminars in Paris on “Regulating Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things”, in collaboration with the Association Française des Juristes d'Entreprise.

This seminar: "Forced Localisation of Cloud Services: Is Privacy the Real Driver?” will be presented by Christopher Millard, Solicitor and Professor of Privacy and Information Law at QMUL. He will examine current controversies regarding ‘data sovereignty’ and ‘data location’ and the impact that these are having on global Internet services and, in particular, on cloud computing. Concerns regarding offshore processing of personal data are not new but the debate has become increasingly heated since Edward Snowden’s revelations of the systematic, mass surveillance activities of various governments. Prof Millard will analyse various recent initiatives to control data location (in the EU and elsewhere) and will ask whether privacy is the real motivator. He will argue that the focus of geographic location of data is based on misunderstandings about how cloud services and data security work and that there are better ways of protecting privacy.

Insight on the topic and presentations will be provided by Dr Jatinder Singh of Cambridge University, Carole Marechal of Telehouse and Marie Abadie of Microsoft France.

About the speaker

Christopher Millard is Professor of Privacy and Information Law at CCLS, and is Senior Counsel to the law firm Bristows. He has over 30 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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