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

By Phillip Kelly and Elinor Thomas, DLA Piper (UK)

On 26 June 2014, the European Commission announced that it had been presented with guidelines on the standardisation of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for cloud computing services.

The publication of the guidelines represents only the latest step in the Commission’s
Continue Reading Managing legal risks arising from cloud computing

Written by Nichola Prescott, Associate, London

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a document setting out a list of points for financial services firms to consider when preparing for and evaluating third-party technology banking solutions.

Where a third-party provides services which are critical to a regulated firm’s business operation, it
Continue Reading FCA guidance for firms thinking of using third-party technology (off-the-shelf) banking solutions

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter.  While Mother Nature has been relentless against the east coast of the United States over the past several weeks, us IT attorneys cannot help but think about the significance of those force majeure clauses and
Continue Reading Force Majeure: The Weather Doesn’t Care about Your IT Strategy

If we cast our collective minds back to the days “pre-Crunch”, a marked feature of many sourcing strategies adopted by larger entities was a move to embrace multi sourcing (i.e whereby a service or set of services which could conceivably have been awarded to a single supplier was instead broken
Continue Reading SWING OF THE PENDULUM – SOLE TO MULTI AND BACK AGAIN by Kit Burden