Author(s) Ana Catarina Marques Santos Silva
Advisor(s) Francisco Carneiro Pacheco Andrade and Manuel Barbosa
Year 2016

Synopsis The interest of this mainly legal nature of work is based on the problematics of personal data privacy and protection in the Cloud and its legal framework in a particular context of use of a management software created by PRIMAVERA Business Software Solutions, which offers online services based on (own) infrastructure computing in the Cloud. These services are characterized by the utility and simplicity for their customers, but it takes risks like data protection issues and contractual liability. Therefore, this work goal is to give answers to PRIMAVERA as a data processor with regard to any legal responsibilities that it can cope with the misuse or infringing use of them. Thus, taking into account this double ambition, this work was developed in collaboration with PRIMAVERA, that provided a team of elements distinguished by the same whether the technical area or the legal department, as well as guided by Law School of University of Minho and HASLab INESC TEC/Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University of Porto. The exhibition contains two components associated with this Master, not distinctly separate, but combined in order to find the right legal bridge to the technological evolution of cloud computing. To identify some critical issues of this computation, the dissertation is divided into twelve chapters, and the first three are occupied with the technical aspects of cloud computing, including the definition, concepts, features, benefits, challenges and finally tries to present solutions to the threats posed by the use of it. The fourth focuses on cloud services that the company offers to customers and their legal implications. Finally, the remaining chapters seek their place in the European and National legislative framework of data protection, analysing actors in the contractual relationship, its legal responsibilities, the principles enshrined in the specific law and the future perspective of the personal data protection law.

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