Aug272016

Data Sovereignty Compliance in Project Management

Data confidentiality is critically important. It affects personal and organizational liberty, privacy, and security. Nobody wants their data to be arbitrarily exposed to third parties. The national data laws of a country define its data sovereignty, i.e. the conditions under which data held in that country can be accessed and the extent to which it must be protected. Yet the expansion of cloud computing on a worldwide scale means that data can easily flow – at a technical level – over national borders. For instance, current data may be held in one country, but backup copies of that data in another country. As a result, different national data laws apply to the same data, which can then put data confidentiality at risk.

Constant Evolution of Data Laws

In particular, recent changes in European data sovereignty policy will apply to many businesses, including those with global project activities. In 2015, the European Court of Justice found that the “Safe Harbor” agreement between the US and the European Union put the online information of European individuals and companies in danger, because it allowed routine access by US government authorities. A new “Privacy Shield” policy has been initiated, with stronger restrictions and confidentiality measures. Within the EU, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to be applied by individual EU member countries by 2018.

Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

Consequently, any cloud provider serving EU users must respect new data protection obligations. Customers must be sure that they know where their data is being held and that their provider complies with EU law, now and in the future. How can you be sure of both things? When you partner with LoadSpring™, you’ll have your information in a data center close to you in compliance with EU Law. We already have multiple data centers throughout the world, currently in London, as well as in California, Massachusetts, Singapore, and Toronto. LoadSpring is also highly agile. We respond to your needs as our customer and to legislative changes by having the ability to quickly spin up a local data center near your business.

LoadSpring Meets Global and Local Needs

You get the best of both worlds: LoadSpring’s global presence to ensure support for your international activities, and local infrastructure to help keep your data secure and within your required jurisdiction. Data sovereignty requirements continue to change rapidly, driven by political events such as Brexit, the exit of the UK from the European Union. LoadSpring accompanies you through such changes, providing you with the hosting resources that respect national boundaries and digital data laws.

Data Sovereignty and All Things PM

Naturally, the key customer advantages that make LoadSpring the market leader in cloud project management solutions will also continue. The SpringBoard™ Cloud Portal for easy, secure access to all your project management apps is one example. Our legendary customer support is another. While working with you to respect data sovereignty and geographical requirements, we are still your go-to cloud hosting resource for all things Project Management. And still the only cloud project management company that provides complete solutions, enabling your team to focus on your core capabilities for your business advantage. Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for you, wherever you are.

 

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