The global compliance and regulatory issues surrounding cloud computing are notoriously complex and Bird & Bird yesterday (12 August) launched the third version of its cloud computing app, which gives cross-jurisdictional advice – in its latest inception including Turkey and Greece – and is now accessible on iPhones and android smartphones.

The app, first developed in 2013, provides answers to frequently asked questions across 19 jurisdictions, and reviews issues of consumer protection, data protection, data portability, intellectual property, liability, security and the use of the cloud by the public sector.

Cloud computing services are inherently non-geographical, but are subject to legal rules on a country-by-country basis, which leads to complexities in understanding the legal environment.

The new and improved app features improved navigation, better legibility and compatibility for mobile and tablet.

Graeme Maguire, partner and global head of tech & comms at Bird & Bird, said: “Cross-jurisdictional and technology-focused legal advice is at the heart of Bird & Bird. Cloud services is a rapidly evolving area, through the app we can showcase our innovative approach to meeting our clients’ needs whilst delivering up-to-date knowhow in a user-friendly format.”

The app covers a range of jurisdictions, including Australia; Belgium; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Italy; Netherlands; Poland; Singapore; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; UK and the UAE. It was completed with contributions from Nikolinakos – Lardas & Partnership, BCCC Attorneys-at-law and BTS & Partners for the Greek, Swiss and Turkish sections respectively.

The app is available to both mobile phones and tablets, and requires iOS 7.1 or Android 4.1 or later. It is available to download at the iTunes app store and Google Play.