US Patriot Act and implications for Cloud Computing & Data Privacy

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Is the US Patriot Act causing you to hesitate on leveraging the cloud in your enterprise? Do you want to leverage the power of cloud computing but unsure what the security and privacy implications are for sensitive corporate data?

Organizations are thinking long and hard about the legal and regulatory implications of cloud computing. When it comes to actual corporate data, no matter what the efficiency gains are, legal departments are often directing IT departments to steer clear of any service that eliminates their ability to keep potential sensitive information out of the hands of Federal prosecutors.

Despite all the hype about every application moving into the cloud, some practical patterns are starting to emerge in the types of data corporations are willing to move to the cloud. Learn how to create a secure, compliant, private platform and cloud for developing, distributing and managing enterprise applications.

I will cover:
Introduction to the US Patriot Act and Data Privacy issues
Implications for on Cloud Computing
Jurisdictional Issues
Best Practices & Practical Patterns
Classes of applications that best leverage the cloud
What types of applications should stay on-premise
Private Cloud Model(s)
Building a Compliant Cloud Strategy

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Diane Mueller


Diane Mueller is Cloud Evangelist for ActiveState. She has been designing and implementing products and applications embedded into mission critical financial and accounting systems at F500 corporations for over 20 years. Diane has been actively involved in development efforts of XBRL Open Standard for the past 11 years. She is an active member of the OASIS/TOSCA Cloud Standards effort.

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David Mertz

IBM developerWorks

David Mertz is a developer, writer, and long-time columnist, writing about programming and open source topics for IBM developerWorks and other publications. For developerWorks, he wrote the columns “Charming Python” and “XML Matters.” He is a previous OSCon speaker; a previous speaker at PyCon; a member of the Python Software Foundation and of its Board of Directors, and Chair of the PSF Trademarks Committee. He is previous board member and CTO of the Open Voting Consortium.

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Diane Mueller
07/20/2012 3:22am PDT

David Mertz, Gnosis Software will be joining me to add his views and thoughts on the subject as well.

His slides are at


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