As "the cloud" becomes ubiquitous for business and consumer applications, and harnessing "big data" presents novel challenges and opportunities, it is time for a deep dive into the implications of the cloud and big data for the global legal system. Are current legal structures adequate to define and enforce the rights and liabilities of cloud service providers, their partners, commercial clients and ordinary consumers? How do we navigate, protect, use and monetize the big data that is enabled by the cloud? Participants throughout the payments ecosystem are confronting these issues on a daily basis.

DWT partner Louisa Barash will co-chair and DWT will host in its Seattle office LSI's upcoming Cloud Services and Related Big Data Issues seminar on April 29-30. This two-day conference will explore the challenges presented by a ubiquitous cloud, and new issues and developments with respect to data ownership and control, contractual rights, privacy and security, law enforcement, and conflicts of law. In each of these areas, a faculty of leading in-house lawyers, private lawyers, business leaders and academics with extensive experience in cloud computing and big data will discuss the law and business of the cloud and big data today, where it is going, and where it should be going.

DWT payments team member Karen Ross will be one of the featured speakers. Other presenters include attorneys and business professionals from Microsoft, Apptio, Inc., and Concur Technologies, to name a few. To learn more about the conference or to register, click here.