Government access to to cloud data

In Denmark, as well as in the rest of the European Union (hereinafter referred to as the "EU"), the scope and consequences of the USA PATRIOT Act in relation to cloud computing services has been a subject of wide debate in the IT industry.
This article describes the rules enabling the public authorities' and law enforcement agencies' access to 3rd party data under the U.S. and Danish applicable laws and addresses the consequences of these laws in various situations where a Danish company outsources the management, storage and processing of data to a cloud service provider in the U.S. as well as within the EU.

Finally, the article points to some of the data protection considerations a company should take into account when entering into an agreement with an external provider of services for the management, storage and processing of the company's data.

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