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Data Residency Working Group

Overview of Data Residency

The growing utilization of distributed computing resources by all kinds of organizations across the globe, with data being frequently moved from country to country for a variety of reasons, raises a concern for data owners that their data and the mechanisms of its movement may violate various international, national or local laws and regulations or expose their data to unintended access. Various individual countries as well as the European Union, have adopted stringent data protection and privacy laws and regulations regarding how data can be collected, stored, shared, and moved around. This includes data about citizens of those countries, but also "sovereign" data about financial or natural resource holdings. This has legal implications for cloud service users and providers, which must comply with different regulations depending upon exactly where such 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. These issues require, first, a better understanding of the regulations and standards that apply around the world; and second, a concerted effort to devise standard means to monitor and control the flow of sensitive data..

Data Residency Working Group

The OMG Data Residency Working Group was established in 2015 to explore issues and practices related to the impact of laws and regulations on data location and migration. The goal of the Working Group is to create and execute a roadmap for the elaboration of specifications to model, monitor and manage data residency. The group will also develop various documents (taxonomy, discussion paper and lists of standards and regulations) to support this effort.

Get Involved

We invite all interested people and organizations to participate. You do not have to be a member of the Object Management Group® (OMG®) to participate in the Working Group.

To sign up for the Data Residency mailing list, receive more information, or attend an upcoming meeting, please contact us.

Data Residency Resources

Download the documents:

  • Data Residency Challenges and Opportunities for Standardization (discussion paper)
    Contact: Mr. Claude Baudoin
    This discussion paper was created jointly by the OMG Data Residency Working Group and members of the Security Working Group of the Cloud Standards Customer Council. It presents the risks and issues created by the transport and storage of data across countries and jurisdictions, the complex web of laws and regulations about this issue, and potential OMG initiatives to help organizations address it. Published March 2017.
    Formats: Word, PDF (This document is available to the general public.)
  • OMG Data Residency Survey
    Contact: Ms. Tracie Berardi
    Raw results of a survey sent to members of the OMG and Cloud Standards Customer Council over February - March 2015. There were 70 survey respondents.
    Formats: PDF (This document is available to the general public.)
  • Notes from Berlin Data Residency meeting
    Contact: Mr. Claude Baudoin or Mr. Andrew Watson (for those people who are not OMG members and do not have access).
    Notes taken during the Data Residency WG meeting, 16th June 2015, Berlin
    Formats: OpenDocument_Text, PDF
  • Data Residency: Motivations and Challenges
    Contact: Mr. Claude Baudoin or Mr. Andrew Watson (for those people who are not OMG members and do not have access).
    Berlin presentation slides
    Formats: PDF
  • Data Residency Challenges in the Oil & Gas Industry
    Contact: Mr. Claude Baudoin
    Data Residence WG presentation slides
    Formats: PowerPoint, PDF (This document is available to the general public).

Watch the webinars:

  • Addressing Data Residency Challenges, OMG Webinar, April 14, 2016.
    Download the presentation or view on YouTube
  • Analysis of Data Residency Issues, OMG Webinar, July 7, 2016.
    View the webinar on BrightTALK
  • Data Residency: Challenges and the Need for Standards, OMG Webinar, May 11, 2017. Access the webinar on BrightTALK.



Tutorial and Roundtable

Last updated on May 16, 2017 by Tracie Hit Counter

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