Management of Privacy and Security in Cloud Computing: Contractual Controls in Service Agreements

Management of Privacy and Security in Cloud Computing: Contractual Controls in Service Agreements

Deniz Tuncalp (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8210-8.ch017
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There are a number of risk domains that are relevant for information privacy and security in cloud-based scenarios and alternative deployment models, which require implementation of a number of controls. However, cloud service providers often take a one-size-fits-all approach and want all their customers to accept the same standardized contract, regardless of their particular information security and legal compliance needs. Taking ISO 27001 Information Security Management standard as a guide, we have employed the Delphi method with a group of cloud computing experts from around the world who are subscribed to the “Cloud Computing” group on LinkedIN to identify the most applicable controls in a generic cloud service provider – customer context. Based on these results, we use a sample of cloud computing customer service agreement as a case study to further discuss related contingencies. As a result, this chapter argues that a more balanced approach is needed in service contracts to ensure the maintenance of necessary service levels and the protection of cloud users.
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Information Privacy And Security

In this chapter, information security is discussed in the context of privacy protection or the general personal data protection. For the purpose of this study, personal data protection is used as personal information privacy protection that includes the protection of data privacy and data security.

Warren and Brandeis (1890) defined the right to privacy as the right “to be left alone”. Burgoon et al. (1989) distinguished four types of privacy violations: physical, interactional, psychological/informational, and impersonal. DeCew (1997) divided privacy into three dimensions: informational, accessibility and expressive privacy. More recently Braman (2006) differentiated four aspects of privacy as spatial (home and body), communicative (mediated communication), relational (communication with professionals and spouse), and data (disclosure and/or use of personal information) privacy. In all these categorizations, information (data) privacy is a key dimension of privacy, which is defined by Westin (1967) as the amount of control that individuals can have over the type of information, and the extent of that information revealed to others. In this study, the discussion of privacy is limited to information privacy, which is often referred to as personal data.

Regarding personal information, Smith, Milberg, and Burke (1996) identified four dimensions of concerns about organizational privacy practices:

  • 1.

    Unauthorized secondary use of personal information,

  • 2.

    Improper access of personal information (internal and external),

  • 3.

    Collection of personal information, and

  • 4.

    Errors in collected personal information.

These dimensions indicate that information privacy practices cover data collection, data use, data disclosure, and data quality. The dimension of external improper access of personal information and the other dimensions also contain the component of data security (Chang & Ramachandran, 2014).

The concept of information privacy emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, at about the same time as data protection (Bennett, 2002). Although debates on information privacy protection are not new, advances in ICT threaten individuals' privacy more easily and pervasively than ever before because of the increased ability to collect, assemble, and distribute personal information, particularly on the Internet. Personal information privacy in the digital age has increased in salience and has been discussed in various fields, such as public policy, law, and Internet study worldwide (e.g., Baumer, Earp, & Poindexter, 2004; Banisar & Davies, n.d.; Baumer, Earp, & Poindexter, 2004; Bennett, 2002; Buchanan, Paine, Joinson, & Reaps, 2007; Zwick, 1999).

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