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Tony Seno Hartono (Indonesia)

Data Sovereignty: Does it Matter Where User Data is Stored?

We live in an era where everything is interconnected, in which the world is becoming borderless, and this impacts the way we work, live and play. Physical and digital worlds are converging, creating new opportunities but also new challenges to individuals, organizations and governments. Cloud technology enables people and organizations to be more competitive while at the same time producing data sovereignty issues. Based on the US Patriot Act, every piece of data stored in a data center owned by a US corporation is equivalent to data residing in a US-based data center, and the US government can access any information stored in it without your permission or notifying you. The bottom line: where data is stored, i.e. its physical location, is no longer sufficient to establish data sovereignty. 

Tony Seno Hartono © Tony Seno Hartono Tony Seno Hartono is currently an ICT professional who has been in the industry for 30 years. He is now freelancing as a CTO in an association as well as an expert staff member at ministry level, a university researcher, and a book author. As a CTO at Microsoft, Tony led the technology and policy program with emphasis on cloud security and privacy. Prior to this, he was the Director of Advanced Technology at Cisco Systems and a computer engineer at IBM Indonesia. Tony hopes to transform Indonesian people and organizations into being more competitive through technology.