Step 3: Data Access and Ownership
All data that you put into the cloud service is your intellectual property and this should be clearly stated in your contract. However, the operating systems, applications, and hardware are owned by your provider, and you simply have access to them. It is vital to ensure that if access to their services (applications etc.) are taken away, that you still have a way to retrieve your data. This basically means that your contract should allow you to access or export data even after you subscription has ended.