In the past, you’ve probably had a reasonably good idea of where your business data is kept. It’s probably sat there on a server in a room down the hall. You can’t exactly see it – but you know it’s there, amidst the metal and plastic.
Cloud computing has changed that. Now a business’ data might be on the other side of the city, the other end of the country – or even overseas.
And it’s that last place that should ring a few alarm bells.
What is data sovereignty?
Your data is subject to the laws of the country in which it resides. That’s commonly known as “data sovereignty”. If your cloud provider’s servers are in the United States, your data is subject to United States law. That may be totally fine for what you want to put in the cloud. But if you have sensitive material – in particular, personal information about your clients – you need to be cautious.
You’re responsible for what you put in the cloud
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner makes it clear: “If you use a cloud service, you’re still responsible for what happens to the information. If there’s a privacy breach, you’re going to be the one answering the questions about what went wrong”.
The Law Society also advises caution when choosing your cloud provider.
Different countries have different privacy laws. And different countries empower their officials to access computer data in different ways.
So it’s really important you understand where your cloud provider keeps your data.
Cloud computing is still great – just know where your data is kept and what that means
It’s safest to store your data with a New Zealand-based, New Zealand-owned provider. Your data is already subject to New Zealand laws. Keeping it in the one jurisdiction gives you a lot more certainty.
Our cloud services are all New Zealand-based
With CommArc, your data never leaves the country. It only ever goes between your devices and our secure data centres in Auckland and Christchurch. You can be certain your sensitive information won’t be privy to the laws of any other country.