With the General Data Protection Regulation Europe will enforce even stronger user privacy regulations starting in 2018, forbidding data processors to store sensitive data outside of a list of approved countries. These regulations are wholly incompatible with the changes in other countries, prompting at the very least costly and difficult data migrations for companies making use of public, US based clouds. Worse, mistakes could become very costly with the GDPR sanctions going up to 20 million euro or 4% of the annual, global turnover of businesses, whichever is greater!
Even European hosted solutions in jeopardy
Even European hosted solutions developed by American companies, like Telekom’s Microsoft Office 365, are far from safe with the last executive order already shaking its foundations. It states that any data under control of a US company is to be turned over in case of a request from US law enforcement agencies. US companies own the software companies use (a software license does not transfer ownership!) so in the worst reading this could mean they would be obligated to hand over data residing in out-of-country hosting centers managed by third parties. This argument is even stronger if it is a collaborative offering with a third party hoster.
A long term solution under control of your business is the safest, most reliable method of shielding your company from lawsuits. Nextcloud adds the benefit of avoiding costly migrations, independence from any single vendor and optional encrypted storage!
Today, US-based file sync & share vendor Kiteworks announced their acquisition of ownCloud and Dracoon. Kiteworks points out that their customers now have access to their file-sharing application. It is to be expected they will not maintain 3 similar products, but customers will have to migrate to the US firms’ platform or look for another […]
As part of Schleswig-Holstein's state digitization strategy, the state chancellery has announced they will work with Nextcloud to develop AI for working with government documents. This comes just after we announced the first private AI assistant last weekend with Hub 6. The German state already uses Nextcloud and their AI strategy aligns with our work on ethical, local AI technologies.
Over the last year, AI has become a popular topic. Some is hype, some is substance. Some is good, some is bad. We want to give you the good, not the bad, and ignore the hype! AI has a ton of opportunity – but also risk. So we put you in control – off by […]
The serious security flaws in ownCloud (now owned by Kiteworks) do NOT affect Nextcloud. We have strict security processes in place, and do not ship test data from libraries that can cause security breaches.