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Data Sovereignty in the Cloud

The most important criterion for choosing a cloud provider – but what does it really mean?
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Data privacy, data sovereignty and digital sovereignty - which is which?

Why is data sovereignty in the cloud so important? In the digital age, data is the foundation of your competitive advantage. At the same time, the cloud is the central tool for digital transformation. Therefore, it is essential that you maintain sole control over your data in the cloud. Data sovereignty is just one of several facets that need to be differentiated. Here are some definitions and distinctions related to data sovereignty to help you assess which facets are most important to your organization. Find out what you need to consider when selecting cloud technologies and providers to maintain full control of your data, and develop your own sovereignty strategy to ensure your long-term competitiveness.

The foundation of digital sovereignty

Data privacy is one of the most well-known criteria for data processing and refers to the permissible processing and storage of personal data. It is a legal protection against the misuse of information. Therefore, one point of reference when selecting cloud computing providers is the compliance of their offerings with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Data protection and data security differ from data privacy and refer to the technical protection of data against theft or manipulation. This can include certain security measures in the data center. Certifications such as ISO 27001 provide information about the provider’s compliance measures.

Control over your own data

Data sovereignty is another facet of digital sovereignty. It ensures complete control over the collection, storage, use, and processing of one’s own data. In this context, when evaluating a cloud provider, it is also important to consider whether the provider’s terms and conditions, such as notice periods, deletion periods or transfer costs, affect the freedom to decide where the data should go. Organizations should carefully consider whether they will be able to switch providers quickly if necessary, or whether they will be tied to a provider for an extended period of time (vendor lock-in). The interoperability of the systems used also plays a role, which can facilitate or prevent a change.

the big picture

The concept of digital sovereignty is completed by the facets of jurisdictional, operational, and technological sovereignty. Jurisdictional sovereignty means that a company’s data cannot inadvertently leave its jurisdiction and cannot be accessed from other jurisdictions. The location of a cloud provider’s headquarters is particularly important here, while the location of the data is less important. The local legislation of the provider could in certain cases allow third parties to access the data (US CLOUD Act), even if the data is located in Europe. Technological sovereignty and operational sovereignty describe the transparent control of all processes and the ability to trace data processing and the software components used. Certifications such as ISAE 3402 provide guidance.

Data sovereignty facts and figures

Only eleven percent of German companies have implemented a data sovereignty strategy in the cloud. Find out how you can keep your data under control with plusserver.
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consider guaranteed data sovereignty as the most important criterion when choosing a cloud provider

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 fear being locked into a vendor due to lack of data sovereignty

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of respondents rate the issue of data sovereignty as important or very important

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Jürgen Hernichel

Dr. Jürgen Hernichel

Chief Executive Officer