PA Sourcing expert, Peter Wardell, has had a byline article published in the Swedish magazine, CIO Sweden, in which he discusses the advantages of storing data abroad.
Peter argues that Swedish organisations should evaluate opportunities to store data outside the country or risk missing out of the most cost-effective data management options. He highlights the common view that storing business critical information in Sweden is the best option because international cloud solutions are less secure and offer less control over the data. This perception then means that decisions about IT solutions and data storage are made on an emotional basis rather than on rational considerations. This means that they do not take acount of the fact international data storage options bring lower costs and a more efficient analysis and usage of data, and may be safer than the domestic options.
Peter underlines the legal protections available, including the EU directive that ensures free movement of personal data within EU/EEA but also requires high levels of protection for personal data and privacy in the member countries. Outside the EU/EEA, including India or Malaysia, specific data transfer argreements and contracts can be put in place. However, the article does outline one particular challenge with regard to the legal situation in the United States, after the recent decision from the European court to void the so-called Safe Harbour agreement that had been used to govern the transfer user information from the EU to servers in the USA.
Peter argues that the storage of data in other countries should not arouse such strong negative reactions and that, as Sweden likes to be perceived as one the leading IT nations, it should be at the forefront of storing data in the cloud. He concludes by calling the representatives of both private and public sector organisations to justify and explain to colleagues that international data storage is a rational and safe option and underline the significant benefits it can bring.
Peter Wardell is a sourcing expert at PA Consulting Group