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Russia-based Kaspersky Lab to transfer customers' data to Zurich by 2019

IANS  |  Moscow 

After facing a US ban, Russia-based on Thursday announced to move its core customer data storage and processing processes for most regions to Zurich, Switzerland, by 2019 -- at a time when the (EU) gets ready to introduce a new data law.

The transfer of core processes, including and threat detection updates, will be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland, Kaspersky said in a statement.

"By the end of 2019, will have established a data centre in and in this facility will store and process all information for users in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, and South Korea, with more countries to follow," the cyber-security firm said.

This information is shared voluntarily by users with the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) an advanced, cloud-based system that automatically processes cyberthreat-related data.

The announcement is part of the company's "Global Transparency Initiative" announced in October 2017.

"Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability," the firm said.

Kaspersky Lab will relocate to its 'software build conveyer' -- a set of programming tools used to assemble ready to use software out of source code.

Before the end of 2018, Kaspersky Lab products and threat detection rule databases (databases) will start to be assembled and signed with a in Switzerland, before being distributed to the endpoints of customers worldwide.

"The relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organisation, and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit," said the company.

Kaspersky Lab has sued the (DHS) over its decision to ban the Kaspersky products in federal agencies over

The DHS was concerned about ties between Kaspersky Lab officials and the services, directing federal departments and agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their information systems.

Kaspersky Lab later denied that it has ties to the Kremlin and filed an appeal in a federal court under the Administrative Procedure Act to enforce its constitutional due process rights.

recently banned Kaspersky Lab from advertising on its platform, stating that the company "operates using a business model that inherently conflicts with acceptable Ads business practices."

The EU is all set to introduce the General Regulation (GDPR) on May 25 to harmonise data laws.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 16:58 IST