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The emergence and subsequent growth of Cloud computing has brought with it a great deal of change in the manner in which the world undertakes to compute and store information. This new technology has brought with it immense possibilities as far as processing of information and the pooling of resources is concerned. This potential has also been noticed by the public sector, as Governments all over the world have undertaken to introduce what has come to be known as e-Government, the provisioning of Government services and communications via Web based applications, rather than the traditional means of in person contact and paper based collection of personal information. While the move to Web based Government has been occurring for the last 20 or so years, a new development in this area is the introduction of Cloud computing and Cloud-based computing platforms, most notably Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the provisioning of these services. The computing and efficiency potential of this technology cannot be disputed, yet it’s important to recognize that taking advantage of this computing power does come at a price. That price being significant threats to personal privacy and security of personally identifiable information. This thesis will make it easier for government agencies to make informed decisions about whether or not to migrate data and applications into the cloud. The identification and analysis of potential risks to data security and personal information has drawn together key information from a multitude of both academic and industry sources to make such a decision plausible.