Australian Government Information Management Office, Negotiating the Cloud–Legal Issues in Cloud Computing Agreements: Better Practice Guide (Ver. 1.1) (Feb. 2013) (full-text).
Like cloud computing itself, cloud computing agreements appear in a wide variety of forms. These can range from simple standardised clickwrap agreements to multilayered sets of terms and conditions. There are, however, a core set of legal issues that agencies should consider in any cloud computing agreement, whether the agreement expressly deals with those issues or not.
The purpose of this Better Practice Guide is to assist agencies to navigate typical legal issues in cloud computing agreements. Some of these issues will be familiar to those who deal regularly with information technology contracts, but even in respect to those issues, the nature of cloud computing can create new or different risks and agencies may need to consider those issues afresh in the cloud computing context.