Fact is that some tax, bookkeeping and corporate laws in some jurisdictions historically required certain records to stay in-country. But such requirements apply only to certain kinds of records and they generally do not prohibit the transfer of data into the cloud so long as originals or back-up copies are also kept local. If, and to the extent, such laws apply, copies of records may still be uploaded into the global cloud solution, whether self-hosted or hosted by a cloud computing service provider. The situation is a little different with respect to Russia which enacted a new data residency law in September 2015 explicitly requiring local data to be stored and processed on Russian territory. For more information on data residency laws, please click here.


Lothar has been helping companies in Silicon Valley and around the world take products, business models, intellectual property and contracts global for nearly 20 years. He advises on data privacy law compliance, information technology commercialization, interactive entertainment, media, copyrights, open source licensing, electronic commerce, technology transactions, sourcing and international distribution at Baker McKenzie in San Francisco & Palo Alto.