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For this article on GDPR we look at the hardware solutions that you need to consider as part of your GDPR checklist. 

Are you storing personal data or information?

If someone wanted to have their personal information or data erased could you quickly and easily fill this request?

This is a very important part of the GDPR legislation you must be able to find, recover change and delete the data if requested to by the individual whose data you are storing. 

What is personal information?

Some personal information such as name and date of birth are obvious, others such as IP address, mobile IMEI numbers, cookies and biometric data are not so obvious. 

Who else has access to the data?

Data controllers

A data controller is defined as a person who determines the purposes and processing of the data you hold. 

Data processors

A data processor is anatural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller. 


Cloud based solutions

Cloud based storage solutions come with complex legalities, for the purposes of GDPR the cloud provider you use would be legally defined as a data processor.

The questions you should be asking are where is the cloud based? Where is the hosting taking place? Does your cloud storage move at all? What is stated in your contract? Is your data processing and storing location shared? 

Cloud storage but its very nature means that data is managed, distributed and processed across hardware, software and networks and systems of third parties.  This is hugely complex and obviously the main players in the market are aware of GDPR and the implications to their client base. 

You can look at Google and Microsoft GDPR information for clients here:

Google cloud and GDPR

Microsoft and GDPR


Another way

If you have previously used cloud storage, but the complexities of continuing to do so around GDPR have given you doubts it might be worth considering a server-based solution. Having a server on site and using this as your primary data storage is a viable solution and one at Liquid Computing we would thoroughly recommend considering.