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The arrival of cloud delivery presents a substantial opportunity for all industries. However, government adoption is often hampered by concerns regarding the physical whereabouts of the data, somewhat undermining the location-independence benefit that is a cornerstone of cloud philosophy.


  • The "jurisdiction" issue highlights the difficulties in reconciling legal constructs based on clear physical boundaries to sovereignty with a virtual world where such concepts make little sense.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses how user-controlled encryption has the potential to deliver a fundamental shift in the acceptance of cloud services.
  • Discusses how the real benefits of global digital infrastructure will be realized when legal frameworks re-align with the realities of the virtual world.

Key questions answered

  • How are countries' requirements for the physical storage of its data hampering cloud adoption among governments?
  • What is the best way forward for protecting a nation's virtual assets?

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  • Summary
  • Store it anywhere, but not in another country
  • Analog legal constructs need to catch up to digital realities


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