Many companies are only beginning to grapple with the United
States' export control implications of "cloud
computing," a method of using the Internet to access
third-party information technology resources for using and
developing software applications and for obtaining storage,
processing, and bandwidth resources. Cloud computing providers
offer various services, including webmail, back-up storage
capacity, and tools for software development to users seeking to
outsource selected information technology functions, facilitate
ease of data access, and/or collaborate on software and technology
Cloud computing, like any activity using remote computing
access, might involve technology and software exports, but certain
aspects of cloud computing – for example, users not
always being aware of where their data is being stored in the cloud
– implicate U.S. export control regulations in unique
ways. "U.S. Export Controls and Cloud Computing," an
article written by Hogan Lovells US LLP lawyer Brian Curran,
highlights some of the key cloud computing issues that arise under
the Export Administration Regulations and outlines compliance
measures that companies might consider if they are engaged in or
are considering cloud computing. To read the full article, please
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In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary resources.
On December 18, US President Barack Obama signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA), which either imposes, or gives the President the authority to impose, a range of additional sanctions targeting the energy and defense sectors of the Russian Federation.
On December 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security issued its first-ever published guidance on the Short Supply Controls, the regulations that limit the export of crude oil out of the United States.
On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced a "new course" in the United States' relationship with Cuba, including the re-establishment of diplomatic ties and the beginning of a roll-back in sanctions.