Category Archives: Technology

European Network and Information Security Directive adopted to address cyber-threats

On 6 July 2016, the European Union (which for now includes the UK) adopted the Network and Information Security (or NIS) Directive. This imposes obligations on three sets of stakeholders: Member States; Essential services operators; and Digital service providers. Andrus … Continue reading

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Hong Kong privacy regulator recognises ISO/IEC 27018

This guest post is written by @matthew1hunter and @aisling1odwyer. Regular readers of this blog will know we have been tracking the impact of ISO/IEC 27018:2014 –Code of practice for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds acting as … Continue reading

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Global IT tariffs eliminated? WTO wakes up?

“Mr. Praline: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now. Owner: No no he’s not dead, he’s, he’s restin’! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn’it, ay? Beautiful plumage!” – Monty … Continue reading

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Korea leads the world with cloud law encouraging cloud use

On 3rd March 2015, Korea passed the world’s first cloud-specific law, with the stated aim of driving the adoption of cloud computing in Korea. But what are the practical implications for cloud customers and cloud services providers in Korea?   This … Continue reading

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ISO 27018 – the international standard for protecting PII in the public cloud – Where are we now?

Since its release in August 2014, ISO 27018 is becoming well established as the “go to” standard to help cloud customers to comply with their privacy obligations when using public cloud services.  Privacy regulators recognise and refer to the new … Continue reading

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Will ISO 27018 help cloud customers to comply with Singapore’s data protection laws?

A key challenge for organisations who want to use cloud services is to do so in a way that is compliant with the organisations’ obligations under data protection laws. This guest post by Matt Hunter (@matthew1hunter) and Daniel Jung explains … Continue reading

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Are Singapore’s Monetary Authority’s proposed outsourcing rules clear enough?

The Monetary Authority of Singapore  (“MAS“) is consulting on a new notice and guidelines on outsourcing. Having already commented on its positive message for cloud services, this post addresses the rest of the consultation. In summary, we think: MAS’s proposals are generally positive and helpful. However, … Continue reading

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MAS Embraces Cloud: A Silver Lining

There should be relief at the moment felt by financial institutions and cloud service providers alike, following the release of the MAS’s consultation on the proposed new outsourcing notice and updated guidelines as mentioned in Rob’s previous post. The MAS doesn’t … Continue reading

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Monetary Authority of Singapore publishes consultation on revising outsourcing guidelines

On Friday 5 September, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (which regulates financial institutions in Singapore) published a consultation on revising its existing guidelines on outsourcing. Responses are due by the 7th October.  

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Singapore adopts 10 year master plan to become IP Hub for Asia

On 1 April the government of Singapore adopted a ‘Intellectual Property (IP) Hub Master Plan: Developing Singapore as a Global IP Hub in Asia’. Despite the date, this is emphatically no joke.  The plan helpfully summarises its key aspects in the following … Continue reading

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