Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Iceland helps keep data free and safe

Island nation emerges as legal data haven

Article comments

One of the consequences surrounding the most recent release by Wikileaks of documents relating to America's war in Iraq is a renewed interest in the safe and secure hosting of contentious data. The prospect of hosting secret or questionably legal data within the United States has become increasingly less appealing, due mostly to expanded wiretap authority by the federal government.

Of course, "grey market" secure and anonymous hosting has existed for nearly as long as the web, but for potential whistleblowers and established organisations like Wikileaks, Iceland's announcement is sure to be welcome news.

Unlike grey market hosting, Iceland's attempt at establishing a datahaven will be completely legal. Backed up by legislation created to ensure total privacy and freedom of speech, Iceland intends to defend data privacy even in the face of potential lawsuits from foreign governments and multinational corporations.

You may recognise the parallels between Iceland's announcement regarding data security and the plot of the 1999 Neal Stephenson novel "Cryptonomicon", which chronicles a fictional attempt to create a datahaven in the Philippines to subvert fascist regimes. Iceland's intent may not be as high-minded, since it's intended mostly as an economic incentive for a nation hard hit by the global banking crisis, but it will surely be embraced by geeks and privacy advocates the world over.


More from Techworld

More relevant IT news


Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *