Geographic location plays a significant role in establishing data protection obligations in the cloud. And while many cloud services originated within the US, growing demand, global competition, and practical business models drive vendor proliferation of cloud services hosted across diverse geographic locations.
To help you grasp the varying scope of regulatory requirements at a high level, we’ve also created an interactive privacy heat map that denotes the degree of strictness — highlighting scope of protection, affected entities, ‘adequacy’ standards met, and heavily surveilled countries — across national data protection regulation.
Interactive Data Protection Heat Map
Remember, pay attention to where your data center will reside in the cloud. Country specific regulations governing privacy and data protection vary greatly, and can have an effect on data transfers, choice of security safeguards, and the rights of the data subjects.
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