In previous blogs we have discussed what Data Localisation is and what the advantages and disadvantages are. In this blog we will discuss localisation of your data in the EU and the Netherlands and why it is still interesting to keep your data locally.
Why is data in the EU not localised?
As we mentioned in the previous blog, within the EU there are different rules regarding Data Security. There is the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – that has set strict rules on data protection for the EU.
This is a completely different way of dealing with the Internet than in the US, for example. In the EU, the focus is on the privacy of the user and in the US, the focus is on “freedom of speech” and usefulness for companies. In the United States, it is easier for companies to index and trace user data. There are rules there, but they differ per state, head of state and branch per company.
The rules of the GDPR apply to all websites within the European Union and are designed to protect the privacy sensitive data of users. This makes it easier to trust other countries within the EU with our data. Each country can then apply its own rules to optimise the use of data in that country. In other words, there are global rules that everyone in the European Union must abide by, and there are rules that countries themselves have established to improve or strengthen.
Consequently, there are no strict laws within the EU that state that data from your country may only be stored, used and processed in your country. Critics say this is for the best, as these rules would restrict freedom of trade.
However, there are many advantages for Dutch companies or companies based in the Netherlands to store their data locally.
Why store your data in the Netherlands?
The Netherlands is an attractive country for companies to process their data for a reason. And no, that’s not just because of the cheap tax rate. There are other advantages to keeping your data local – in the Netherlands – and we will go through them with you.
The Netherlands is in the top 10 of countries with the fastest network connections. This is partly due to the good cabling in our country. The Netherlands is a small country and, compared to the rest of Europe, started constructing new networks at an early stage. Another fun fact: the Netherlands is number 4 when it comes to mobile data speed.
The Netherlands is very centrally located when it comes to connections. Many central nodes are located within the borders of our country. This is attractive for companies because it makes the global connection faster.
The EU is perhaps a free trade zone, also in terms of data. Nevertheless, as a company you will want to consider the question of who can view your data – and your customers’ data. It is unlikely that companies from other EU countries will be able to access your data stored there. But we don’t have a good view on this and the chance is not entirely impossible.
Also, in the Netherlands there are strict rules regarding the security of physical data centres: rules that do not necessarily apply in all other countries in the EU. It may be cheap to place your data on a server abroad, but ask yourself what you are trading in for a cheap price tag.
How we deal with data localisation at MageHost.
Within the EU it is “not done” to say that the data of a country can only be in that country, after all we are a free trade zone. It would also be an obstacle to the freedom of companies. For the time being, we really seem to be better off without very strict rules about data.
However, at magehost we do have all our datacentres in the Netherlands. We do not do this to participate in data localisation. We simply do this because we feel that the datacenters in the Netherlands are the best for our Dutch business. This has everything to do with the advantages we mentioned above. This allows us to serve our customers in the best way possible by offering safety and security.
Would you like to know more about Data Localisation? Then take a look at our entire blog series and start at Data Localisation: Infrastructure in your own country.