Cloud computing has the potential to provide enormous benefits to the enterprise community, but by its very nature, it also requires businesses to relinquish some control over their data, which could put it in a legal gray area should a cloud provider happen to face a subpoena. According to cloud expert Thomas Trappler, having your data hosted by a third party means it's harder to distinguish it from that of other clients -- some of whom might find themselves in hot water one day. Trappler recommends some simple steps, such as understanding your provider's policies and requesting data be partitioned, to mitigate legal risks.

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