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Abdallah Abuoliem

First Name: Abdallah
Surname: Abuoliem
Department Dept of Accounting and Corporate Governance
Supervisor(s): Professor Peter Gillies ,

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Paper Title

‘Cloud Computing’ Regulation: Towards an Appropriate Regulatory Framework for Personal Data Provisions Governing ‘Cloud Computing’ in Jordan


This paper argues cloud computing community to act soon to unite, modify and enhance the current framework to eliminate confusion with provisions apply to a given cloud computing service. It advocates to clarify the appropriate boundaries of personal data used in the cloud computing. It help to establish right to personal data in the cloud computing. Finally, it discusses the applicable law issue.


The thesis attempts to develop a ‘holistic understanding’ and a well-rounded vision of the philosophical, ethical and normative aspect of the merging legal norm identified herein as personal data right in cloud computing. Based on Clare Cappa model for integration of legal research, the thesis falls into the theoretical research category which ‘fosters a more complete understanding of the conceptual bases of legal principles and of the combined effects of a range of rules and procedures that touch on a particular area of activity.’

Key literature/theoretical perspective

Previous studies have primarily focused on two key areas which are the importance of personal data protection in cloud computing to (individuals and businesses) and the cross jurisdictional issues and its regulation. Hence, the argument is positioned to address the need for cloud computing regulation posed by the personal data protection issues.


This thesis keeps collecting and analysis the materials that constitute the conceptualisation of the right to personal data in ‘cloud computing’. There are two level of analysis adopted by the thesis. The first level of analysis deals with the philosophical, ethical and theoretical underpinnings of the linkage between human right and personal data. The second level of analysis attempts to construct the normative and legal models to personal data associated with cloud computing. It identifies and summaries the data protection laws provisions applicable to cloud computing. Hence, thesis needs also to describe both the existing law and lack of law in Jordan. This provides the operational dimension of the study and looks into international, regional and national legislations.

Research limitations/implications

This thesis is to establish the principle of personal data provisions in relation to the emerging cloud computing technology. This thesis is intended for CIOs, business leader, IT Users and government’s official who intend to establish the criteria for appropriate regulatory framework. The thesis does not touch or resolve a final classification of cloud computing. Nor does it try to be an exhaustive thesis on cloud architecture and design. Although cloud computing phenomena is still at its initial stage with much more research to come, it is the correct time for laws, standards and policy makers of the merging cloud computing to come together around the idea of appropriate regulatory framework in protecting personal data transmission to cloud computing.


Cloud Computing Regulation, Cloud Computing, Personal Data Protection, Human Right Theory, Freedom of Information