EU Data Law Changes Provide Opportunities for Asia

19 May 2013
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The EU’s Data Protection Regulation, which is currently in the throes of debate in the European Commission, is set to have significant effects for data centres worldwide. In short, those who do not meet the areas’ laws and regulations will not be allowed to handle its citizens’ data.

This could make for big changes in Asian data centres in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. They will soon need to ensure that their data protection measures are up to European standards. This will allow them to increase the amount of trade they will get from Europe according to SafeGov.org.

The organisation is one made up of a number of IT leaders and providers, who are dedicated to creating a safer cloud computing offering.

One of the EU’s main aims is to protect its citizens’ data being compromised or exploited. This means that countries overseas must comply with often far stricter regulations on holding data.  Currently few countries meet Europe’s stringent rules and requirements on data control. This would mean they can’t be data partners with the area.

Currently, in the Asia – Pacific area, only Australia and New Zealand reach the recommended standards for European Commission protection. This means that the rest of the region has a challenge to meet, especially if they wish to prevent losing business.

However, there are a number of ways to bypass the issue and one such method is to enact Binding Corporate Rules. This works well for companies with data centres in a number of different areas and allows the data centres to be compliant with the EU regulations. It is also possible to add clauses in contracts to compel non –EU providers to abide by the standards set by the EU.

The EC is also coming to terms with the reality of the largess of the operation and there are a number of compliancy changes on the horizon. Instead of a country having to meet standards, the EU would work with a local government to ensure that a smaller industry is meeting the specified standard.

According to SafeGov.org Singapore is set to capitalise on the move as it introduced its Personal Data Protection Act already. This does not meet EU standards as of yet, but could be tweaked to do so. Singapore is also seen as a reputable data centre destination in Asia Pacific, something that also helps its reputation. SafeGov.org feel less optimistic about India, as there is no national unity when try to address short comings of national law.