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Navigating your way to the cloud

An interactive guide for legal and compliance professionals

Interactive Map

Click on your country or location of interest. Use this interactive map to find out more about the regulatory landscape relevant to cloud adoption across 16 markets in Asia-Pacific.

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Hong Kong (S.A.R)
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Supporting the Legal and Compliance Community

Asia-Pacific is in the midst of a transformation powered by cloud technologies. Organizations across all industries, from financial services and healthcare to education and the public sector, are reaping the benefits of the cloud to improve their operations and enhance their services.

With companies rapidly shifting from on-premises technology infrastructure to cloud computing, legal and compliance professionals find themselves facing new questions from their organizations:

   A. Can we move to the cloud in our industry?
   B. What are the compliance requirements?
   C. What industry security standards do we need to think about?
   D. What should we look out for in our cloud services contract?

These are just some of the questions that today's legal and compliance professionals are expected to master and explain to their boards.

This guide has been specially designed by Microsoft to help answer the questions your organization may have about adopting the cloud. Through its work with customers across the region and around the world, Microsoft understands the complex challenges that you face. We also understand that it is your responsibility as a legal and compliance professional to verify that technologies meet the regulatory requirements that apply to your organization. It is for this reason that Microsoft employs and partners with thousands of legal and policy experts, auditors, and privacy specialists, and it has thousands of engineers building advanced legal compliance, privacy protection and data security features into its services and infrastructure.

Through its long-standing relationship with the legal and compliance community, Microsoft has developed a wealth of resources for professionals who need relevant information on the key regulatory and compliance considerations associated with cloud computing. Whether it is privacy law requirements that apply across all industries, or sector-specific outsourcing guidelines in financial services, this guide captures the key requirements that organizations need to be aware of when moving to the cloud in Asia-Pacific.

We are delighted to share these resources with you via this guide as part of our commitment to supporting the legal and compliance community and ensuring trust and compliance in the cloud.

About Microsoft's Trusted Cloud

To ensure we deliver technology that our customers can trust, we established the four foundational principles of the Trusted Cloud — security, privacy and control, compliance and transparency – along with a set of complementary guidelines and processes for delivering rigorous levels of engineering, legal, and compliance support for our cloud services.

The four foundational principles of the Trusted Cloud are:

Our comprehensive approach to security helps protect your data wherever it may be-in a data center, on a phone, on a desktop, or in transit through the internet.


At Microsoft, we invest heavily in technology development and practices to ensure we actively protect your privacy and provide the necessary tools to control both the privacy and administrative aspects of the data you put in the Microsoft cloud.


We are proactively adopting new certifications and partnering with regulators and standards bodies to develop new regulation and standards.


We work tirelessly to ensure we are transparent with our operations. We publish reports detailing government requests for customer data and notify individual customers when a government requests data when legally allowed to do so.

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Access the Microsoft Asia News Center for selected articles relating to security, privacy and compliance for cloud computing.

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Watch the videos below for a walkthrough explanation of the core design philosophies and the four foundational principles of Security, Privacy, Compliance and Transparency behind Microsoft's Trusted Cloud.

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Microsoft Compliance and Transparency

Microsoft not only advances and complies with international compliance standards, we can also help our clients with meeting regulatory compliance requirements with the wealth of experience we have developed. Watch this video to find out how Microsoft can help with your organization’s requirements.

Customer Stories

Below are some success stories from satisfied customers who decided to switch to Microsoft's Trusted Cloud. Read on to find out more about how your organization may benefit from Microsoft's Trusted Cloud as well.

This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis of all regulations and their requirements, nor is it legal advice; rather it is intended to be a summary and to provide guidance to organizations on the types of issues they should consider. You should take advice on your cloud project from a qualified professional.