American lawyers sometimes forget that European and American law on data protection and privacy are not the same. Google found out the hard way in a recent ECJ judgment where the European high court found that people have a right to have certain links about them removed. Google is developing a system to comply, but there is a lot of discussion about this right. But at the end of the day, do you own your data? As cloud based services develop, data sharing can get a bit tricky. And lawyers will need to offer advice that balances business needs and privacy rights — on a global basis.