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Data Residency Challenges

Data Residency Challenges

As data is increasingly accessed and shared across geographic boundaries, a growing web of conflicting laws and regulations dictate where data can be transferred, stored, and shared, and how it is protected. The Object Management Group® (OMG®) and the Cloud Standards Customer Council™ (CSCC™) completed a significant effort to analyze and document the challenges posed by data residency.

This discussion paper defines data residency as:

“...the set of issues and practices related to the location of data and metadata, the movement of (meta)data across geographies and jurisdictions, and the protection of that (meta)data against unintended access and other location-related risks.”

This paper covers issues and risks, laws and regulations, applicable and related standards.

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This paper was published by the Cloud Standards Customer Council, a program launched by the OMG in 2011 to advance the adoption of cloud computing. This work is now under the purview of the OMG Cloud Working Group. Copyright is owned by OMG. Visit www.omg.org/cloud to learn more.

This paper was a joint effort between the Cloud Standards Customer Council and the OMG Data Residency Working Group.