One of the most interesting outcomes of GDPR 9 months down the line is how it has forced tech companies that process data, to think seriously about data protection and where their data is physically being stored.
In the case of the former, there has been a big effort to improve intrusion detection and prevention. Undoubtedly this is good news for consumers who will hopefully reap the long-term benefits of fewer instances of their data being stolen in the future. The issue of which country data is stored in (often referred to as ‘data sovereignty’) is a bigger problem, especially with the proliferation of the public cloud and SaaS. Getting a straight answer out of service providers has proven difficult for some companies, and as Britain heads towards the European Union exit, the post-Brexit question of how and where data can be stored or transferred will become even more pressing.
4D Data Centres recently wrote a whitepaper on the issue called “The Cloud On The Ground” and goes into more detail about the regulatory hurdles ahead.