The U.S. has taken great strides in recent years to establish digital sovereignty. Globally-adopted regulations include the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Additional protocols may be enforced at the federal and state levels, as well as industry levels. Examples include the Gramm-Leach-Bliley ACT (GLBA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for the financial and educational sectors, respectively.
While cumbersome to keep up with the varying regulations and the constant updates, they’re integral for maintaining client, employee, and patent data. This is why it’s critical to adopt a LMS platform with built-in AI and the latest encryption. Find out how Dokeos LMS is leading the way in GXP and non GXP training programs.
Why digital sovereignty matters
33% of the over 8,000 data centers worldwide reside in the U.S., according to a report from the United States International Trade Commission. Some of the major U.S. data producers and storage holders include Google, Facebook, and Amazon. It’s no surprise then that many non-U.S. companies house their data in the U.S. For instance, it’s estimated that 92% of European data is housed in non-EU databases, with much of it in American data warehouses. While not as prevalent, the U.S. has its fair share of companies that store data in foreign territory.
How does this relate to data sovereignty and why does it matter? Here’s a hypothetical scenario: You open an account at an American bank. The bank houses customer data in a data warehouse overseas where the regulatory environment is more lax. Since the data is stored abroad, it’s subject to that country’s data sovereignty laws. If said nation lacks sovereignty oversight, the government, law enforcement, or other entities can access your data, freeze, or even seize your funds.
Case study: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica
Without protection laws, the country could also just as easily sell your data to other third-party countries without your consent or knowledge. One infamous case occurred in 2018 with the British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. The organization was collecting data from consenting survey takers on Facebook. However, Cambridge Analytica was also extracting data from the survey takers’ friends and using the data for political ads. This was in direct violation of GDPR laws.
The fallout and ramifications? Facebook’s parent company Meta settled the case for $725 million, while Cambridge Analytica filed for bankruptcy in the wake of the scandal.
The role of the sovereign cloud in data sovereignty
Sovereign cloud encompasses several definitions. In any case, it’s cloud storage designed to follow relevant data sovereign laws. This may be American companies storing data in U.S.-based data repositories, or storing it in overseas data centers with established sovereign laws and ensuring the laws are enforced.
Many modern SaaS solutions provide a sovereign cloud environment for safe record-keeping under GDPR, federal, state, and industry-specific laws. What makes Dokeos’ solution effective is its two-fold strategy; it provides an LMS platform for GXP and non GXP training programs while keeping staff training data within a secure environment under GDPR and US-level provisions.
Dokeos as a leading innovator in customer/employee data protection
Dokeos’ LMS is designed for innovation by using the latest AI and intuitive interfaces, so IT and non-IT course makers alike get the best results. What distinguishes Dokeos from the competition is its business intelligence and machine learning solutions in an instantly available turnkey package. Consider these advantages.
Whether you have 10 or 1,000 employees, our LMS is fully scalable. You can also scale up by integrating the LMS with the systems operated by supply chain partners, joint ventures, affiliates, and stakeholders. Leverage e-learning tools, from questionnaires to virtual webinars to cater to different learning styles in a cost-efficient manner.
Create company-level auditing programs to ensure all internal training processes are conducted within in-house frameworks. Regular audits capture real-time data, ranging from learner progress to pending security updates.
Courses created in a sovereign cloud can be accessed by remote teams locally and abroad. They’re suitable for in-house, remote, and hybrid workforces. Companies with existing legacy data systems can also integrate their in-house network with the cloud to leverage the best of traditional and cloud computing.
Compliance training housed in Dokeos’ sovereign cloud
Wherever you house your data, regulatory protocols must be followed without exception. Preserve your staff and clients’ data sovereignty with Dokeos LMS. Our LMS solutions combined make us a leading provider of compliance training and data integrity. Contact us and experiment with a free trial!