Anyway, here is our answer to the Russian television station, MIR TV.
Thank you for asking our opinion on this matter.
We have noticed increased pressure in this direction, not only from Russia but also from other countries. The governments claim that this is for the protection of their citizens but I think that the reason is exactly the opposite and this is because they are trying to get more control over the data and to have access to the private life of their citizens and their actions on the Internet.
We have not taken decision on what we will be doing, we have our main servers in a secure location and in a country with strong privacy laws but it is though possible that we will be moving them altogether to Iceland as they are probably the safest place to store data so that governments from other countries or their agencies can not access it without a very good reason and a court order from Icelandic courts.
Iceland is on the forefront of making privacy laws and we may very likely decide to use that country for our future storage for all our users based in any country but today we are servicing users from pretty much all internet connected countries in the world. Furthermore, there is no secret agency service in Iceland, there is no army in Iceland and the police is working on normal criminal issues rather than to spy on what normal citizens are doing. To get access to any data based on servers in Iceland the police would need to go through the court system. This is not the case in Russia, nor in USA and many other countries where government agencies can get access to all data whenever they want. If these countries and many more are thinking about their citizens they would in fact endorse companies to use services and servers in countries like Iceland.
If the governments are thinking of the wellbeing of their citizens they should rather define which countries would be prefered to store the data. If they enforce it to be based on servers in only their own country it simply proofs the malintentions of the relevant government meaning only that they want to have full access rights to all the citizen’s data at all times.
Fortunately, the data of our users should normally not be government sensitive as this is a booking system and not a communication system, which governments usually fear the most but I can only say that we can not endorse laws that are limiting the privacy of people.
CEO – SimplyBook.me
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