Data sovereignty comes into play when an organisation’s data is stored outside of their country and is subject to the laws of the country in which the data resides.
In the past, it was often believed that keeping and maintaining data (in-transit and at-rest) within the country it resides was ‘safer’ but it is important to know that data is subject to the law of the country in which it is stored.
With the increasing adoption of cloud services and globalisation of business today, it makes data sovereignty matters even more complicated. Many leading offshore financial services and law firms are growing their digital footprint in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Latin America but are largely unaware of their data’s multi locations or find it is often held in countries with strict data residency and sovereignty laws.
For example, the U.S. Patriot Act of 2001, which dictates that in the case of a perceived high-security threat, means the U.S. government can access personal data from any organisation without consent or notification to the owner.
So while offshore organisations are realising the benefits of cost savings, flexibility, scalability and limited to no risk of data loss in the cloud, many are forced to think more carefully about the security and utilisation of their data in which it resides.
For customers who realise the benefits of cloud computing, but are restricted in terms of which cloud they can move to or would like to move to since they may not be able to retain data sovereignty, there is a solution.
eShore provides an alternative cloud
Trust is at the heart of everything we do and as your cloud supplier, we are more than happy to explain just how and where your data is being stored.
All data in the Offshore Cloud are contained in the Sure International owned and operated datacentres located in Jersey and Guernsey (Channel Islands). The islands’ conducive regulatory environment means that no third party has the right to see data held within the Offshore Cloud. All data is automatically and uniquely encrypted within the platform, so neither eShore, Sure or external regulatory bodies would have access to view or disclose confidential data, whether are live or archived.
The only entity able to disclose any stored information is eShore’s customer (the data controller) and thus any party seeking information would have to address that request, either under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), pursuant to a Court Order or directly to the data controller.
By partnering with eShore, offshore businesses will always have the advantage of knowing that their data is highly secure and that, whether it is held in offshore datacentres, it will always be accessible by the people who need it and are authorised to see it.