Overview of Data Residency
As all kinds of business, mobile, and SaaS applications need to
support a growing user base around the globe, applications themselves
and their data become more distributed than ever. As a consequence,
different countries, especially in the European Union, have adopted
stringent data protection and privacy laws and regulations regarding how
data about their citizens can be collected, stored, shared, and moved
around. This has legal implications for cloud service users and
providers which must comply with different regulations depending upon
exactly where personal data originated and is stored. In addition to
regulatory compliance, the “where’s my data” challenge immediately
brings to the forefront other issues such as security, privacy,
governance, and management.
Collectively these issues require a conceptual framework – a Data
Residency taxonomy – upon which enterprises and application vendors
alike can develop solutions that withstand new and evolving laws,
regulations, and user demands.
Data Residency Working Group
The OMG Data Residency Working Group is being established to study
technical and legal issues of data residency. The goal of the Working
Group is to develop a taxonomy that will help organizations realize the
promise of cloud computing while complying with evolving privacy
regulations and user demands.
Those interested from the general public are invited to get involved.
You do not have to be a member of the Object Management Group® (OMG®) to
participate in the Working Group. If
you would like to join, receive more information, or attend an upcoming meeting,
Request for Information (RFI) Now Open!
The Data Residency Working Group has written an RFI to help guide
standards work in this area.
- Download the Data Residency RFI, which was approved by the OMG
Platform Technical Committee on December 11, 2015
- Determine who in your organization can respond to it, and start
this process going.
- Publicize it to people you know at other companies, vendors,
users, professional organizations, etc., that may have an interest
in this subject.
Data residency, i.e. the issues about moving and storing data in
certain locations due to laws, regulations, privacy concerns, privileges
of law enforcement authorities, etc., is an important concern that
includes, but reaches beyond the topics of personal data protection and
cloud data storage. The RFI itself explains its scope and motivation.
The substantial part of the RFI is fairly short. There are 20 questions,
including some about the profile of the respondent. Finally, there is an
option to request that your response be anonymized before publication by
OMG. The deadline is May 9, 2016. Thank you!
Data Residency Presentations
OMG Technical Meeting, June 16, 2015, Berlin, Germany
Data Residency Working Group meeting notes are posted
Download the presentations:
Addressing Data Residency Challenges, OMG Webinar, April 14, 2016.
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