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Taking the Creative Commons beyond Copyright: Developing Smart Notices as User Centric Consent Management Systems for the Cloud

Pearson, Siani; Tsiavos, Prodromos
HP Laboratories


Keyword(s): Cloud Computing.; consent; Creative Commons; governance; notice; policy; privacy; smart notice;

Abstract: As cloud computing evolves towards an ecosystem of service provision, the need is increasing for users to be more in control of the services they receive. Users require being able to select services, specify their preferences and have these reflected within the contractual framework, ideally enforced via a combination of legal and technical means. This also marks an evolution of regulatory instruments from purely legal to hybrid techno-legal systems. This paper presents an approach that builds upon successful methods from initiatives such as Creative Commons in order to improve the process of providing consent for usage of a data subject's personal data, and for achieving an appropriate balance between complexity and simplicity. Creative Commons are not approached simply as a means for distributing information but as a regulatory mechanism that has the following characteristics: (a) it regulates the flow of information (b) is aims at the empowerment of the information provider and (c) it is a decentralised and bottom up techno-regulatory mechanism. This approach enhances the notices provided by service providers to advocate Smart Notices that provide a simple and transparent way of expressing the terms of service and the options available to the data subject before they share personal information with cloud service providers.

26 Pages

External Posting Date: June 6, 2012 [Abstract Only]. Approved for External Publication - External Copyright Consideration
Internal Posting Date: June 6, 2012 [Fulltext]

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