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Legal considerations and implications for cloud adoption

There are a number of legal implications that should be considered by both accounting practices and small businesses in the UK before adopting cloud computing services, including the contract, service availability, security, intellectual property, data commitments, data protection, and risk management.

Failures to take account of them can result in a number of potential pitfalls such as loss of data security, lack of service availability, unforeseen liabilities, and over-dependency on the provider. Monetary penalties and criminal sanctions may also arise for breaches of data protection law.

These sections provide an overview of the the areas and issues to be aware of.