European companies operating cloud networks should be aware of the importance of safeguarding sensitive consumer and business data within their IT infrastructure.
With this in mind, research published by Skyhigh Networks has revealed the extent to which companies may currently be falling foul of existing data protection laws when operating cloud infrastructure.
Overall, 72 per cent of European cloud users asked by the body to identify where their data was being transferred to were unable to do so, highlighting a lack of compliance with the existing EU Data Protection Directive.
Responding to the result, IT lawyer Dai Davis told The Register: “If anything, 72 per cent is an underestimate. If you include ‘social media used by European organisations’ the figure would go up to 100 per cent.”
Understanding where files are being transferred to and stored should form part of any responsible data archiving strategy and it is an issue businesses must now address if they wish to avoid future sanctions as a result of a tightening of cloud data regulation.
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