GDPR compliance brings importance of data location into focus

Mateo Meier | March 3, 2017

A recent industry roundtable hosted by SC Magazine has highlighted how GDPR compliance is forcing businesses to completely overhaul their approaches to data privacy. In particular, the article throws some light on one of the more neglected factors when it comes to GDPR – data location.

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The key issue is that there is a clear conflict between the new EU law and US data privacy legislation when it comes to what is expected as a minimum standard of protection. As one of the participants points out, this means that: “there is going to be concern about using US-owned data centres, as anyone can be subpoenaed and I think the EU is concerned about that.”

Fundamentally this should raise significant alarm bells for any company hosting data in US data centres. The penalties for failing to comply with GDPR are severe and so ‘where is my data?’ becomes a vital question for businesses.

Read the full report here:

Mateo Meier
Mateo Meier, founder of Artmotion, spent the early stages of his career over in the US where he became an astute marketing director before returning home to Switzerland to setup Artmotion. Artmotion was started in early 2000 and provides highly bespoke server solutions to an international set of clients.