Data Localization: New Compliance Headaches and Costs Across the Globe

The rapid spread of data localization laws, now in 60 countries, has driven some companies to make major data-handling changes like halting transfers or eliminating services, a new survey has found. Companies must devote extensive resources to meet the laws' requirements. This article, the second in a three-part series, details key compliance consequences, the effect on the global cloud services market and one international company’s model for addressing localization. Part one explained five varieties of localization laws and surveyed 2021’s enforcement and fines. The third article will discuss localization’s impacts on cybersecurity. See “Reconciling Data Localization Laws and the Global Flow of Information” (Oct. 11, 2017).

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