Title: Data ownership in cloud: legal issues

Authors: Dennis B. Park; Xiaolong Li; A. Mehran Shahhosseini; Li-Shiang Tsay

Addresses: College of Technology, Indiana State University, 650 Cherry Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809, USA ' College of Technology, Indiana State University, 650 Cherry Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809, USA ' College of Technology, Indiana State University, 650 Cherry Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809, USA ' College of Science and Technology, North Carolina A&T State University, 1601 E. Market Street, Greensboro, North Carolina 27411, USA

Abstract: Data in cloud inherently possess the issues of copyright, confidentiality, and contract in a business sense as cloud consumers may store their data on their third party contractor's virtual servers, but may lose their rights to the data. The ownership issue of data in cloud has been one of the most complicated ones among the issues (Al-Issa et al., 2019). Hence, it is worth examining the data ownership issue in cloud. To conduct the examination, this research study applies a risk management concept to develop a structured approach and use it to study the issue. In addition, this research study develops the risk mitigation strategy framework to organise and better deal with legal matters surrounding data ownership in cloud. This study also reviews the US case of data breaches, which involves cloud services from a perspective of law enforcement as part of risk mitigation strategy.

Keywords: cloud computing; sensitive data; legal issues; data jurisdiction; data protection.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFEM.2020.10035795

International Journal of Forensic Engineering and Management, 2021 Vol.1 No.2, pp.125 - 148

Received: 08 May 2020
Accepted: 30 Oct 2020

Published online: 29 Dec 2021 *

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