Data has quickly become one of the most valuable assets of many companies and organisations. Privacy and the protection of data is a pivotal concern for businesses around the globe. Given the recent developments concerning privacy regulation, most importantly the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will be effective 25th of may 2018, the DDA saw an urgency to inform stakeholders about the potential consequences.
Stijn Grove, managing director of the DDA: “A rapidly growing amount of data is stored within Dutch borders and distributed through the Netherlands to Europe and beyond. Dutch data centers are renowned for their reliability, very thorough privacy and data integrity safeguards and dedication to privacy related certification and compliancy. In addition, the broader Dutch digital infrastructure is well suited to serve as Digital Gateway to Europe. These two assets combined, as well as the favorable geographical position of the Netherlands in Europe, make our country a very popular place to distribute data from. As a part of the EU Single Digital Market, the Netherlands is ideal for the distribution of data and digital services to other European countries. ”
As a result, companies large and small choose the Netherlands to distribute their digital services to Europe. Since they have to comply to Dutch and EU privacy and data legislation and regulations, it is paramount they are well informed concerning this topic. In fact, privacy regulation compliancy will increasingly become an value proposition for any company that handles privacy sensitive data.
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About the Dutch Datacenter Association
The Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA) is the trade organisation of data centres in the Netherlands, the bedrock of the Dutch economy. The DDA unites leading data centres in the Netherlands in a common mission: the strengthening of economic growth and the profiling of the data centre sector to government, media and society.
The DDA expresses industry views on regulatory and policy issues. It demonstrates leadership by facilitating and encouraging members to implement operational improvements in the form of best practices. The DDA promotes education and contributes to technical standards, which enables the data centre industry in the Netherlands and abroad to further distinguish itself.
The DDA is one of the founders of the umbrella foundation Digitale Infrastructuur Nederland (DINL). DINL unites organisations that facilitate the digital infrastructure within the Netherlands. The DDA closely collaborates with Digital Gateway to Europe, which promotes the Netherlands as international data hub. The DDA also actively collaborates with market operators, the government and other interested parties.
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