News / November, 2015

Syncplicity Supports Revised EU Privacy Laws

By Josh Linder at Tom’s IT Pro. November 11, 2015

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Syncplicity, a now-independent enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) provider, announced compliance with European privacy laws due to the cancellation/removal of Safe Harbor to be enacted in 2016. This is a key topic from a perspective of privacy, security and confidentiality.

Now an independent player with a legitimate hybrid cloud contender/offering, this provides options for European organizations (or those with European operations) to utilize Syncplicity's technology while complying with the revised European laws.

Brian Levine, Syncplicity's Senior Director of Security and Compliance, is confident that this will help differentiate Syncplicity from other EFSS providers through meeting customers' transcontinental needs and providing buffer room to sort out what the elimination of Safe Harbor ultimately means.

Other cloud-centric providers have taken proactive steps to address this in the past six months, such as Box's agreement with IBM SoftLayer. On-premises tools, such as Citrix ShareFile, are in compliance, so long as they are restricting access to repositories located in the appropriate countries. In the management console, "storage region" will be a simple one-click operation. Active Directory and LDAP synchronization is still a work in progress, but it should eventually make this seamless.

The key difference is that Syncplicity already had a global foundation and simply added two things: additional data center capacity and a Europe-based cloud orchestration layer. The key benefit here is that once this goes live, European customers can fully sever the connection to all U.S.-based management, data center and control plane infrastructure located in the United States.

Finally, Syncplicity has added legal language to contracts to enforce the technical changes outlined above. This protects customers and Syncplicity as they move towards meeting the regulations set forth by the European courts.

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