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Contributed by Steve Gibson, Director at JotForm
US Based Companies Will Buy European Server and Cloud Resources to Meet EU Data Privacy Needs
In October 2015, the
highest court in Europe struck down
the thin legal cable through which US-based companies transferred
European data to the US. For fifteen years, US-EU Safe Harbor provided
the legal framework that allowed US companies
both large and small to handle their EU user data freely.
With Safe Harbor gone, US companies no longer legally meet the data privacy requirements of their European users.
Currently, US and EU authorities have
until the end of January to prepare a new legal framework, Safe Harbor 2.0, to allow for continued transatlantic data transfers.
hailed by the Wall Street Journal as part of a vanguard of businesses shifting data from the US to Europe, was among the first to release an
EU only solution. That vanguard is still forming, with notable compadre Microsoft announcing plans for an
entirely new European data center to accommodate European data privacy standards.
at JotForm predict that further discourse and legal motions will fall
short in allowing the free flow of European personal information to US
We don't think companies will be able to add an item to their terms of
service, notify their users, and go back to transferring data as they
did before. US companies will have to honor the stricter privacy
standards of their European users by storing the data
exclusively in Europe.
the words of JotForm's founder Aytekin Tank, "The only permanent
solution is to do what European governments are asking: Store European
only on European servers and never transfer it back to the US."
knows for sure how this will play out in 2016, but we've already begun
the migration. It has the added benefit of providing faster performance
for our European users, as they're always closer to their servers.
About the Author
Gibson is Director at JotForm, an online form builder. They securely
process millions of form submissions a year, all of which needs to be
according their specific users needs.
EU Safe Forms is JotForm's solution to their European user data privacy needs.