By Susan Dixon, Marketing Director, Savenet Solutions
February 05, 2013

SaveNet Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Europeans Beware! Is your Data Secure in US based Cloud Services?

Over the last few years there has been an explosion in cloud computing services. The reasons are obvious the benefits of centralised resources available from multiple locations are huge. Not to mention the advantages for file and resource sharing as well as backup and disaster recovery.

An issue that has come to light for European businesses recently though is the implications of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA. This regulation allows US government agencies open access to any electronic information stored by non-American citizens by US-based companies. That means you!

This controversy has led to calls in the UK by MPs for the British government to stop using cloud services [ link source: ] until this issue is resolved. They’ve also suggested the UK stop sharing intelligence services with the US. Now all of the political posturing is above our head and we won’t pretend to understand the government security issues at hand.

WE do know data though and we know that all of the data stored using our services is stored in data centres that are in-country. This means that you know what law applies to your data and the security of your data and that it isn’t subject to foreign governments “snooping” laws.

Knowing where your data is and who has access to it can be vital to businesses here in Europe especially as in light of the revelations there could be implications for those using cloud computing as part of their offering to customers. If you know that US authorities have access to your clients personal data at will and without cause, what are the implications under our own Data Protection Act? More knowledgeable legal minds will have to answer that one.

In the mean time if you are looking for an online backup or disaster recovery provider that keeps your data in country then we can probably help you. And if you want to have a file sharing solution for the enterprise that operates the same way then stay tuned for announcements.

SaveNet Solutions, powered by Asigra, is an Irish cloud backup and disaster recovery company. SaveNet’s solution is specifically designed for Mid-sized to Enterprise organizations. SaveNet offers numerous value-added solutions, coupled with industry leading features, such as: – agentless technology, FIPS 140-2 certification, deduplication, and more.

About the Author: Susan Dixon is a Marketing Director at SaveNet Solutions, an Asigra powered cloud online data backup and disaster recovery company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.


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