Where is your data stored?
Data is stored and processed in one or multiple countries, and this means their data protection laws apply. The location where data is stored or processed might influence its protection levels. Generally, the European Union is considered to have the highest protection level. But it also depends on your nationality.
Most personal data is stored for a certain time by organisations. It might be stored in a folder somewhere in an archive in the office or storage room. However, most data nowadays is stored on a computer or on a (cloud) server.
In Privacy Label we differentiate in personal data which is stored inside the European Union (EU) and outside the EU. We do this, because we believe it’s important for you to know whether your information is protected by the GDPR and other European law.
This does not mean all data which is stored outside the EU isn't safe. However, there might be some risks. For instance, in some countries outside the EU, authorities might have access to all data, or storage possibilities might not be as safe as you hope.