Safe Harbor invalidated: a chance for data centers « Made in France »

The decision of the European Court of Justice terminating the Safe Harbor Agreement should generate a data relocation movement in Europe. Nicolas Aubé founder and MARILYN & CELESTE, the specialist of the green and proximity data center, offers his analysis.

The Safe Harbor was a legal framework for companies, under certain conditions, to transfer the personal data of European users in the USA. On October 6th 2015, the European Court of Justice found that the level of protection of personal data was inadequate and overturned the plan. A decision caused among others by Edward Snowden’s revelations about US surveillance programs.

The 4000 companies members of the Safe Harbor system are therefore left with a problematic legal vacuum. Of course, other data transfer standards may be used, but the lack of overall framework, uncertainty about the negotiations around a  Safe Harbor 2, and the threat of trial by unhappy persons with the way we use their personal data can only negatively influence their activity.

Faced with this situation, European and especially French industry has a role to play. Indeed, to avoid any risk, the major international hosting providers will now focus on data centers of the old continent. With a low electricity prices compared to the world average, highly qualified personnel in the field of network engineering and systems, plus a temperate climate for computer installations, France brings together many positive criteria. With this, MARILYN has also just launched a major advertising campaign to relevant US companies.

In addition, European companies should pay close attention to the new location of their data and ensure that these are hosted within their borders. The MARILYN StarDC, high density ecological mini-data center that enables businesses and communities to have their own data storage system responds perfectly to this new market trend. The data relocation movement is on: this is the time for the French datacenter industry to show its strengths.

Nicolas Aubé, President of MARILYN & CELESTE