That little symbol with the golden kangaroo in the middle and
the "Australian Made" slogan is so helpful when trying to
buy a new pillow or can of tomato soup.
Unfortunately, in IT world, data storage suppliers don't
display an "Australian Stored" symbol on their
You may be thinking:
I don't really care where my data is stored as long as
it's safe and I can always get it.
Cloud computing is all the rage and advertised so heavily,
it must be OK.
You may not know this but in the US the government has the right
to confiscate your data if it's stored in the US. That may seem
farfetched for your business but if you're in the cloud or use
an international data storage company, it's likely that some or
all of your data is stored in the US.
At the time that Osama was on the run in Afghanistan the US
implemented the awesomely named Patriot Act, giving the
Feds the power to grab information from companies that don't
have any real presence in the US as long as there is some
connection to the US.
The connection can be tenuous, like storing company information
on a server located in the US – even if you didn't
know or intend to do so. If the US wants to investigate your
company they issue you or your data storage provider a National
Security Letter and the government seizes your information.
The number of Letters sent in 2009 was 14,788 and in 2010 it was
With the increase in the amount of data storage needed by
businesses and the variety of ways and suppliers available to
provide the storage, you might want to check where your current
supplier or future supplier stores your information. You can demand
that your storage only occur in Australia.
In our view, "Australian Stored" is more important
than you may realise.
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