By Thomas M. deButts and Thomas Reynolds

Under an interim final rule issued by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) that is set to take effect on March 25, 2020, parties will be able to send, take or store unclassified technical data controlled for export under the International Traffic
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On October 18, 2019, the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, which is a task force within the House Financial Services Committee (FSC), held a hearing titled “AI and the Evolution of Cloud Computing: Evaluating How Financial Data is Stored, Protected, and Maintained by Cloud Providers.” In a memorandum published before
Continue Reading Task force on artificial intelligence hearing: AI and the evolution of cloud computing – key testimony on the risks, challenges and opportunities

As banks and other financial services companies adopt cloud computing for a variety of purposes, questions about the operational risks involved have emerged. In order to use the cloud, many banks are depending on cloud service providers to protect sensitive information rather than managing their own systems, with the potential
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67% … 84% … 93% … 99.2% … and then stuck interminably at 99.9%. C’mon! Download you unspeakable nuisance! I need to see the next episode.

We might think we still see the dread message “Buffering…” far too frequently, but in reality in any major metropolitan area we are already
Continue Reading Please wait: This article is buffering … Why massive bandwidth might not be the most important aspect of 5G and next generation Internet services

Written by Scott Thiel, Edward Chatterton and Louise Crawford

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“PCPD“) recently published an information leaflet outlining the application of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the “PDPO“) for data users looking to engage cloud providers. The information leaflet outlines
Continue Reading LEGAL UPDATE: CLOUD COMPUTING IN HONG KONG

Written by Joanna Sykes-Saavedra and Greg Manter

In complex sourcing transactions, all sides are quick on the draw with calculators at the ready when it comes to determining formulas for charges or caps on limitations for liability. However, another point of negotiation that similarly requires a sharp pencil is the
Continue Reading How Can A Month Have A Million Minutes? Measuring “Availability” for Your Data Center or Cloud Solution SLAs

Written by Kit Burden

In recent times, we have seen an increasing number of deals where the required services have been delivered from the cloud, i.e., from remotely hosted solutions, usually (albeit not always) offered on a “one to many” basis and on a subscription/usage based model. This is obviously
Continue Reading Cloudy Days….Where Next for Outsourcing?

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launched it data protection strategy, summarizing it in three strategic objectives and 10 accompanying measures for the next five years.

The EDPS stated that it is a crucial moment for data protection, a period of unprecedented change and political importance, not only in the
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Written by Thomas M. DeButts

The US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently released a redacted Advisory Opinion dated November 13, 2014 that confirms for cloud-based software vendors (or Software as a Service providers) that allowing access to export controlled software for use only in the
Continue Reading What happens in the cloud stays in the cloud: BIS reinforces export control insulation for cloud-based computing and processing

By Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick

Almost five months after federal parliamentary elections took place, the negotiators from the four political parties around the negotiating table (Flemish parties NVA, CD&V and Open VLD and Walloon party MR) reached a coalition agreement which contains quite a few interesting policy initiatives
Continue Reading BELGIUM: Belgian government’s new focus on privacy and technology laws