Thursday, July 14, 2011

EU Data Protection Directive and cloud backup

Tonight I was just investigating some "cloud backup storage solution (encryption included if possible)". I also discovered about the EU Data Protection Directive, that some cloud providers use as a marketing benefit for the final user.
What is it?
The European Union (EU) has a European directive restricting the use of a cloud backup in certain circumstances, the EU Data Protection Directive(EUDPD). The EUDPD defines some basic requirements on the protection of personal data of European citizens.

In practice the EUDPD prohibits many organisation to send any personal data to countries outside the European Union.

Sample company that I found (see logo at the bottom on the right border)

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