Protecting user privacy in the Cloud: an analysis of terms of service

Konstantinos Stylianou, Jamila Venturini, Nicolo Zingales

Abstract


We present the results of a study that collected, compared and analyzed the terms and conditions of a number of cloud services vis-a-vis privacy and data protection. First, we assembled a list of factors that comprehensively capture cloud companies’ treatment of user data with regard to privacy and data protection; then, we assessed how various cloud services of different types protect their users in the collection, retention, and use of their data, as well as in the disclosure to law enforcement authorities. This commentary provides comparative and aggregate analysis of the results.

 

Keywords:     Privacy; Data protection; Terms of service; Cloud computing; Trust; Cloud; Terms of use

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