Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cybersecurity data centre targets China’s new data sovereignty law

Those who fail to comply face operational suspension and criminal liability.

Customer identity management company Gigya has opened a data centre in Shanghai as Beijing’s tightens data security laws.

The data centre is aimed at easing Chinese companies and international clients comply with the China National People’s Congress revised law that requires that any organisation defined as having “critical information infrastructure” must securely store and manage all personal data collected from Chinese citizens within the borders of China.

The law was announced in November 2016 and is set to coming into force in June this year.

According to the new legislation, penalties for non-compliance range from financial fines to operational suspension and criminal liability.

Gigya’s Shanghai data centre is the company’s fifth, following the opening of sites in the United States, Western Europe, Russia, and Australia.

Marisa Sires Wang, vice president of product at Gigya, said: “When it comes to data privacy and protection regulations, the world is quickly becoming a more challenging and confusing place to do business.

“As the leader in customer identity and access management (CIAM), we are dedicated to providing a platform that takes the burden of compliance off the shoulders of our clients, for whom we manage 1.3 billion customer identities. Our new China data centre is part of this continuing commitment to keep our clients ahead of the curve.”