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Is Cloud Computing/SaaS subject to international export barriers?


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Keith Perry
Title: Consulting CFO and Business Operations A..
Company: Growth Accelerator
(Consulting CFO and Business Operations Advisor, Growth Accelerator) |

All information can be subject to export restrictions.

Think ITAR. From the perspective of import/export restrictions, there are certain things that should not be outside of a private network.

The cloud creates special problems, because your whole cloud has the software/data, not just particular servers. ITAR, for example, restricts access to both the hardware and software/data. Even if you are talking private cloud, unless *every* device on that cloud is secured physically, you risk having a deemed export issue. I've not yet met a public cloud vendor who offers ITAR-compliant hosting.

Hall Mark
Title: Owner
Company: Small business
(Owner, Small business) |

If you choose a public cloud, then your data can be at any place in the world. So, you may face country-specific export and import restrictions. Also, your data security might get compromised. To free yourself from the restrictions posed by international barriers, you can choose a private cloud having data centers only in your own country, or if you want to move your data to an international cloud company, then you should confirm, beforehand, with that company about its rights on the data in a foreign land.

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