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Data Privacy and Trust in Cloud Computing

Building trust in the cloud through assurance and accountability

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  • Provides definitions, key concepts and constructs for data privacy and trust in cloud computing
  • Explores the different perspectives and theories of trust, ethics, and privacy, and their application in a cloud computing context
  • Identifies technological, ethical, organisational, and legal challenges in cloud computing and the implications for trust building and repair
  • Reviews current literature and offers new avenues for multi-disciplinary research on data privacy and trust in cloud computing

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About this book

This open access book brings together perspectives from multiple disciplines including psychology, law, IS, and computer science on data privacy and trust in the cloud. Cloud technology has fueled rapid, dramatic technological change, enabling a level of connectivity that has never been seen before in human history. However, this brave new world comes with problems. Several high-profile cases over the last few years have demonstrated cloud computing's uneasy relationship with data security and trust.


This volume explores the numerous technological, process and regulatory solutions presented in academic literature as mechanisms for building trust in the cloud, including GDPR in Europe. The massive acceleration of digital adoption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is introducing new and significant security and privacy threats and concerns. Against this backdrop, this book provides a timely reference and organising framework for considering how we will assure privacy and build trust in such a hyper-connected digitally dependent world.


This book presents a framework for assurance and accountability in the cloud and reviews the literature on trust, data privacy and protection, and ethics in cloud computing.

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Table of contents (7 chapters)


“The book is useful from many points of view- -business, system, and technology administration--since cloud computing is one possible answer to many current challenges if trust, privacy, and security issues can be kept in check.” (Bálint Molnár, Computing Reviews, March 18, 2022)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Irish Institute of Digital Business, DCU Business School, Dublin, Ireland

    Theo Lynn, Lisa van der Werff, Grace Fox

  • Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University, Malibu, USA

    John G. Mooney

About the editors

Theo Lynn is Full Professor of Digital Business at DCU Business School, Ireland.

John G. Mooney is Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, United States.

Lisa van der Werff is Associate Professor of Organisational Psychology at DCU Business School, Ireland.

Grace Fox is Assistant Professor of Digital Business at DCU Business School, Ireland.

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