Can Cloud Providers Guarantee Data Privacy?

Best Practices for Assuring Data Sovereignty Regardless of Data Location


The cloud doesn’t recognize national boundaries, and your sensitive data in the cloud is very likely to cross borders, be backed up in remote locations, and be accessible in many countries. That’s the nature of the cloud – but it also represents a compliance nightmare, as multiple governments may claim legal sovereignty over their citizen’s data.

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This paper examines today’s data privacy challenges, as well as recommendations on best practices for compliance. This includes:

  • The intent of most privacy laws
  • Differences between data residency and data sovereignty
  • The current Microsoft legal dispute over data location and jurisdiction
  • Limitations of SLAs in assuring specific data locations
  • How to apply data protection technology to solve these problems


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