Data privacy has never been hotter as a topic, in part because the US CLOUD Act came into force, making organizations once again question how their data is managed and who has access to it. In response the Court of Justice of the European Union passed the July 2020 Schrems II judgment, which invalidates the EU-US Privacy Shield, meaning companies cannot transfer personal data to the US any longer. Solving this dilemma when most companies use US-based cloud services is challenging but necessary.
Whether offering standard e-gov and e-services for citizenry, or scaling up to ensure maximum uptime and up-to-date information in crisis or disaster situations, every level of the public sector needs to be trusted by citizens to be dependable sources of information regardless of circumstance. As a result, public sector IT and devops departments have particularly challenging roles in keeping sites available, up-to-date and secure, 24 hours, seven days a week.
As the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force (in May 2018), businesses of all sizes are getting ready in many different ways to achieve compliance. The aim: protect the personal data of individuals in Europe. Whether your company is in Europe or, like most global enterprises, doing business within Europe, you are responsible for ensuring that people’s personal data is handled with care. This takes on different meanings depending on context, but here, we’re talking about protecting data that lives in parts of your IT infrastructure. In this case specifically, the cache.
All European businesses (and in fact all companies that do business with Europe) have at least one thing in common until May 25, 2018. They are all busting their balls to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it comes into force at that time. The reason? The consequence of non-compliance can result in a hefty fine worth 4% of the company’s annual revenue. For most businesses, getting such a fine is not a risk worth taking.