How to Comply with Data Sovereignty Regulations in a Multi-Cloud World

Your apps in the cloud need to share and access data in real time, everywhere, to grown your business and make it run efficiently. Yet, different nations have developed varying regulations that govern the use and movement of customer data.

Your apps in the cloud need to share and access data in real time, everywhere, to grown your business and make it run efficiently. Yet, different nations have developed varying regulations that govern the use and movement of customer data.

From the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and China’s Cybersecurity Law (CSL), to Brazil’s General Data Privacy Law (LGPD) and India’s draft Data Protection Bill, there is virtually no end to the permutations of rules and data movement requirements with which you must comply. Add to that a list of at least 25 additional nations currently developing their own data sovereignty regulations, and you can appreciate the need to perform multi-cloud data orchestration in a manner that is highly governed and extremely agile.

Penalties for Data Sovereignty Non-Compliance Have Teeth

If an organization runs afoul of data sovereignty regulations, the fines can be severe. For example, under the rules of the EU’s GDPR, if you collect, process, or use consumer data improperly, fines can reach a staggering 4 percent of your global revenue. Now, many leaders of SMB organizations think governments only pursue the brand-name companies that violate those rules. That is simply untrue. In fact, The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently fined organizations of all sizes for running afoul of UK data privacy laws. Certainly, Facebook and Equifax had to pay fines of £500,000 levied by the ICO. But smaller organizations also had to pay hefty fines – organizations that lack the same deep pockets as Facebook and Equifax. These included companies Oakland Assist UK Limited, Lifecycle Marketing (Mother and Baby) Limited, The University of Greenwich, and many more that had to dole out over £100,000 each in penalties.
If your organization runs apps and services within a multi-cloud infrastructure, you could be in violation of multiple nations’ data sovereignty regulations… simultaneously. Imagine violating Brazil’s LGPD as well as the EU’s GDPR. That one mistake would set your organization back a combined 6 percent of global revenue.

Your Data Sovereignty Compliance Stance Requires Agility

Those organizations that attempt to manage their multi-cloud app and services data based on existing data sovereignty regulations will end up spending countless and highly valuable resources playing a game of ‘Whac-a-Mole’ to align data management rules with every new and important data sovereignty regulation that governments issue. Moreover, some nations’ data sovereignty rules are so nebulous and evolving that you must be able to switch your data movement rules in near-real-time. For example, China’s ICL mandates localization requirements for what the government calls “important data.” Yet, “important data” can mean almost anything. This restricts cross-border transfer of an ambiguous and evolving set of data related to national security, economic development, and societal and public interests.

What’s that mean for your organization? It means you need to be ready for changing definitions of the data you handle and how you handle it.

Kmesh SaaS Delivers Flexible Data Orchestration for Multi-Cloud Deployments

Whether you use cloud, hybrid cloud, or your own data centers, the Kmesh Data Sovereignty SaaS solution lets you easily manage your data in ways that keep you globally compliant while making your apps 100% effective.

With Kmesh, you can view and parse all your NoSQL and file system data for simplified management across multiple locations, clouds, data centers and geographies. Kmesh lets you manage data so that your various apps and services can access only appropriate data as dictated by each nation’s individual regulation.

The Kmesh Portal allows for virtually limitless data orchestration policies. As business requirements change, you simply modify your policies to optimize data usage, minimize costs, and remain compliant with changing data sovereignty laws.
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