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Government Cloud Procurement
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In Government Cloud Procurement, Kevin McGillivray explores the question of whether governments can adopt cloud computing services and still meet their legal requirements and other obligations to citizens. The book focuses on the interplay between the technical properties of cloud computing services and the complex legal requirements applicable to cloud adoption and use. The legal issues evaluated include data privacy law (GDPR and the US regime), jurisdictional issues, contracts, and transnational private law approaches to addressing legal requirements. McGillivray also addresses the unique position of governments when they outsource core aspects of their information and communications technology to cloud service providers. His analysis is supported by extensive research examining actual cloud contracts obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. With the demand for cloud computing on the rise, this study fills a gap in legal literature and offers guidance to organizations considering cloud computing.


‘Cloud computing is an established standard component of the Internet environment. Yet, the regulation of cloud computing is still underdeveloped and plagued by uncertainty. Under such conditions, the value of McGillivray’s contribution in Government Cloud Procurement cannot be overstated.’

Dan Jerker B. Svantesson - Faculty of Law, Bond University

‘This book provides a welcome, well-researched, and well-written exposition of aspects of cloud computing which have hitherto received less attention than they deserve - namely the use of cloud computing by governments and the special legal challenges such usage presents.’

Lee A. Bygrave - University of Oslo

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