The False Promise of Data Nationalism

Daniel Castro December 9, 2013
December 9, 2013
This report argues that calls to keep data within national borders are misguided and ineffective in making data more secure.

A growing number of policy makers believe that data is more private and secure if it is stored domestically. This report shows why this is a false promise by providing a short guide to the implications of storing data on servers in foreign countries, with a foreign-owned service provider, or both, under various conditions. The report also recommends the United States engage its trade partners in developing a “Geneva Convention on the Status of Data” that establishes international legal standards for government access to data.