to Launch Data Residency Working Group
Meeting Scheduled on June 16, 2015 in Berlin, Germany
Needham, MA, April 22, 2015 –
The Object Management Group® (OMG®) today announced
the first meeting of its Data Residency Working Group will
be held on Tuesday, June 16th during the OMG Technical
Meeting in Berlin, Germany.
As cloud computing becomes an indispensable business
tool, cloud users and providers are grappling with
exploiting cloud's economic benefits while complying with
complex (and at times conflicting) international data
privacy regulations. With more and more data being utilized
and often stored outside the legal jurisdiction from which
it originated, many countries are enacting data residency
laws to protect how to share, store and access data outside
their borders. OMG's Data Residency Working Group will study
issues of documenting and controlling where data and online
documents physically reside, working with experts to provide
practical, multi-disciplinary solutions in this complex
"There is a groundswell of concern about data
residency, especially in Europe," said Dr. Richard
Soley, Chairman and CEO of OMG. "For example, European
Union Safe Harbour Principles mandate that companies outside
the EU that store Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
about EU residents must comply with EU data protection
requirements. Many other countries have also restricted how
data originating within their borders can be stored
Over February-March 2015, OMG member organization NuoDB®
(www.nuodb.com), a vendor
of scale-out SQL database for global operations, assisted
with a survey of OMG's members which revealed that 84
percent of respondents have data residency issues. More than
two-thirds of respondents expect these issues to
significantly impact their organizations in the future.
However, the data also showed that only 49 percent of the
companies facing data residency challenges today have
someone responsible for addressing those issues.
The survey also revealed interest in developing
technology to control data residency. Nearly 60 percent of
respondents expressed interest in joining a Data Residency
Working Group - a fact validated during initial discussions
at a recent OMG meeting led by NuoDB CTO Seth Proctor.
"As data increasingly is accessed and shared across
geographic boundaries, governmental and other regulatory
agencies worldwide have begun adopting stringent laws and
regulations about how data can be collected, stored, shared,
and transferred. To meet these new data protection and
privacy requirements, we need consistency in how we define,
discuss, and address the issue of data residency, so that we
as an industry can create practical solutions,"
Soley added, "As data residency becomes a pressing
issue for cloud users, we invite interested parties to
attend the Working Group in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, June
16th. The goal of the Working Group is to develop a taxonomy
to help organizations realize the promise of cloud computing
while complying with new and evolving privacy regulations,
and user demands for data residency."
To learn more about Data Residency and participate in the
OMG Data Residency Working Group, visit: http://omg.org/data-residency/
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