Chicago Journal of International Law


For decades, with the advent of better and faster computer chips, processor speed has grown exponentially, and with it, the demand for computing power. Now, as that growth slows due to technological bottlenecks, the world will look to solutions like cloud-computing to ensure that the ever-increasing demand of computing power is met. Thus, the need for efficient, reliable, and powerful cloud-computing services will lead to and necessitate global cloud-computing service providers. But their vitalness will also bring cloud-computing under the scrutiny of government regulation, as countries struggle to ensure that the data of their citizenry is protected. This Comment explores the intersection of cloud-computing and international law by examining two states of the world, one in which countries attempt to give their data protection laws extraterritorial effect and the second in which countries organize to provide a global solution to the regulation of the cloud. The Comment finds that though there is justification under existing international law for countries' cloud computing regulations to have extraterritorial effect, cooperation will yield greater adaptability for the regulatory system and stability for the computing cloud itself.

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