Governing factors in data sovereignty on the road ahead

Now is a timely moment to delve into the digital dilemmas thrown up by data sovereignty, and look into some of the current projects, protocols and processes now impacting the way we work in order that we can accommodate for information compliance in the face of new rulings and legislation.

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In this world, sovereignty is supreme. In all matters relating to royalty, we always consider sovereignty as the pinnacle of power and authority, whether we ourselves are royalists or not.

In the realm (pun not intended) of information technology, sovereignty and, in particular, data sovereignty is also supreme. Variously described as an idea, a concept, a policymaking stipulation and sometimes as a core principle of data security, today we understand data sovereignty to form a key guidance role in the globally networked world of cloud computing.

In simple terms, data sovereignty is the process by which we ensure that digital data is subject to the laws of the country in which it is processed, analysed, stored, housed and managed.

Geopolitical gyrations

Although data sovereignty made a lot of headlines during the Snowden revelations almost a decade ago, it remains in the cultural psyche of many multinational corporations today due to current geopolitical gyrations and instabilities across world markets in the wake of the pandemic.

That being said, even outside of the maelstrom of forces inside the geopolitical vortex now interplaying with post-Covid realities, the global explosion in data alongside the breadth and width of international commerce pipelines today all compel us to drive towards a new level of government-approved data oversight.

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