Only 8% of Asian nations are safe for data privacy, says Artmotion


15 August 2016

According to a new report by secure data centre Artmotion, only 8 per cent of Asian nations are considered truly secure for data storage.

Combining independent data from the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Transparency International and several other leading privacy groups, the Data Danger Zones report by Artmotion ranks over 170 nations on their abilities to keep digital information safe, private and secure.

Globally, the benchmark identified Switzerland as the safest nation for data storage, receiving a “potential risk score” of only 1.6 per cent. Singapore was ranked as the safest Asian nation, with a risk score of 1.9 per cent as a result of the island state’s independent privacy legislation and political stability. Hong Kong (5th place), Taiwan (6th place) and South Korea (15th place) also join Singapore in the top 15 safest nations globally, ahead of the United Kingdom and the United States of America which ranked 23rd and 38th respectively.

The Data Danger Zones report which was commissioned by Mateo Meier, a privacy expert and CEO of Artmotion, combines analysis of five key factors for data privacy - political instability, corruption, risk of natural disasters, quality of infrastructure, risk of internal conflicts, and risk of terrorism.

Commenting on the new study, Meier said: “It’s very easy for businesses and individuals to forget the importance of physical location when selecting a cloud hosting service or data hosting provider. Especially in today’s volatile world, businesses need to not only consider data privacy regulations, but also take into account other risk factors such as political environments, geographic locations and physical infrastructure.”

Despite Asia’s growing role as a market for data storage, the new benchmark suggests that it is falling behind other regions when it comes to data security and privacy. According to the report, rapidly expanding data centre markets such as China did not qualify for the top 50 safest nations and India, one of Asia’s key technology hubs and home to the largest data centre in the world, ranked only 107th on the list, falling below Russia and Turkey.

The Data Danger Zones report which examines over 3.5 trillion IP addresses in 170 assessing countries, provides one of the most comprehensive guides ever created for data safety, said Meier. “Through this analysis, we want businesses to be able to make a more informed decision of how and where to store their data, and have a better understanding whether or not it is truly safe.”