What is data sovereignty and why you should care about it.

With more and more of your personal and businesses digital footprint being stored in the cloud, have you ever thought about the implications of where your data is being hosted?

What is Data Sovereignty?

Data sovereignty is the idea that data remains in the country of its origin, stored within its own borders and subject to the laws and regulations of that country alone.

One may think that if you’re sending data (such as a message or document) to another person located in the same country, that data would stay in the same country. However in reality, data is often routed and stored in many countries before and after arriving its destination. This means that your data is subject to the local laws and regulations in any country which your data is routed or stored.

The Laws and Regulations of Data Sovereignty

Most countries claim the right to any data that passes through or is stored on their servers however the legal precedent surrounding this notion is often untested and shaky.

The US Patriots Act of 2001 states that in the event of a high-security threat that the U.S. government can access any data stored within the country, without notification of the data owner. Meaning Australian’s with data stored within America are potentially subject to their data being seized without notice. In many European countries as well as Canada, governments are bringing in strict regulation to guarantee that data remains within the country to protect the security of their citizens.

In Australia numerous government departments are already compelled to host data within Australian data centres, such as the government's COVIDsafe app that utilises Amazon’s webs services to ensure data sovereignty.

Why It Matters

Before the insurgence and popularity of cloud storage, data sovereignty was a relatively unheard of phrase but as individuals, enterprise and government began shifting data to the cloud it has become increasingly relevant.

Having your data stored on foreign soil means that data is open to seizure by foreign governments and individuals through subpoena, legal proceedings or malicious intent. This means those who store data, communications or intellectual property must accept the fact that they are increasing the likelihood of this data no longer remaining confidential. If such data was to be breached it could have potentially catastrophic effects for many businesses such as a loss of reputation and client confidentiality.

How Can I Achieve Data Sovereignty?

In order to achieve data sovereignty, your data must remain and be stored within the country of its origin. For example if you are in Australia and sending a file to another colleague in Australia, the data must be stored in Australian data hosting centres rather than potentially cheaper options in America or Asia.

If you are not actively pursuing data sovereignty then there is a high likelihood that at least part, if not the majority of your digital footprint is hosted in international data hosting centres. At Dekko we give users the option of where they can store their data to ensure they can keep sovereignty over their data. This is available for all Dekko services such as video-conferencing, file sharing, chat and document signing.

If you would like to read more about our data sovereignty capabilities then read our security page: https://www.dekkosecure.com/security

If you would like to try one of our completely secure communications and collaboration solutions then visit: https://www.dekkosecure.com/why-dekko