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UCloud goes global, but is security going with them?

While UCloud is expanding their business outside China territories and providing cloud services already in the United States and Germany, ensuring the same level of security of their services abroad seems to be a bit of challenge. We noticed that some of the services they offer in the Chinese market appear not be available for US based customers. UCloud state that "all their datacentre" comply with the law of the People of the Republic of China. If that includes datacenters abroad, this would be in conflict with the local regulations of the abroad locations. UCloud have also been certified against the national Information Security Protection standard of China, but there is no indication that their oversees datacentres are in scope of this certificate. But even if it does, the question is whether this Chinese standard has any appreciation in the US or in the European Union.
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