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Cloudian and Storage Made Easy Create Combined Platform for GDPR


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Cloudian and Storage Made Easy (SME) are partnering together to create a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-ready, enterprise-wide file sync-and-share solution.

The solution is designed to eliminate the compliance exposure of external cloud-based file sharing services where personal data or company confidential information may reside outside the direct control of the IT organization.

The combined solution includes on-premises storage and GDPR-ready collaboration software with access controls and content indexing to continuously monitor for the use of regulated personal data, recognising more than 60 data types including credit card, passport and social security numbers.

The Cloudian/SME solution lets IT managers control their data’s physical location and manage access permissions via existing company authentication frameworks such as Active Directory and LDAP.

The solution also provides secure file sharing controls such as password-protected links, configurable download limits, and expiration dates after which links will be disabled automatically. All data accesses are logged, maintaining an audit trail for compliance.  

“With GDPR now in effect, organizations must implement tight controls over data location and usage -- particularly when personal data is at stake -- requirements that most cloud-based services do not meet,” said Michael Tso, CEO of Cloudian. “The Cloudian/SME solution gives IT managers peace-of-mind, with end-to-end control of data location and access, and a continuous view of where files are stored, how they are shared, and where personal data is employed.”

Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android platforms, the solution includes configurable synchronization options that let users control where data is replicated, and integration with Microsoft Office and email applications that allow users to securely access and share files.

Multiple privacy regulations mandate strict controls on data handling, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. These require that companies collecting personal data – which includes a wide range of information such as names, identification numbers, location data or online identifiers – both protect the data and delete it if requested. Compliance requires tight controls on how such information is stored and used.

For more information about this platform, visit www.cloudian.com.


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