Icelandic Privacy Laws

Why Iceland?

Governments are given power by their people and their people require their Government to obey laws.   We feel it’s fair to expect a country to obey its own laws in relation to you.  When selecting a location to store your data it’s wise to take a careful look at the laws.  We feel Iceland is the strongest country in the world for data & privacy protection for the reasons we outline below.

1. Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI)

In 2010 Iceland passed the Modern Media Initiative “designed to make Iceland a safe haven for journalists and whistleblowers”. In 2012 Edward Snowden leaked classified information and Iceland was his #1 or #2 destination.  He said he ended up picking Hong Kong for a few reasons including it requiring “no advance booking“.  After the revelations, Iceland expanded and strengthened these laws mentioning Edward Snowden’s as their inspiration.

2. The Data Protection Act of 2000-

Iceland implemented a Data Protection Act in 2000 that allowed for freedom of speech; and encouraged anonymity of user data. The Data Protection Act calls for every Icelandic server to employ advanced encryption of information stored. CTemplar is among the companies that adhered to this requirement, justifying our claim of always encrypting your personal data. Moreover, according to the Act, we are prohibited from sharing your data for any reason whatsoever.

3. Outside the 14-Eyes and “Privacy Shield”

Iceland is not part of the privacy abusing “14-Eyes” coalition of countries.  Countries included in this group are forced to share their countries citizens private information between all the other 14 countries.  Iceland also has no intention of joining the Privacy Shield framework.

4. Icelandic courts have the reputation of challenging legal requests

Iceland courts have a reputation for challenging requests from governments, like the USA, to access data.  Most requests end up being denied.

How About Switzerland?

The internet was invented in Switzerland, it is the home of CERN and many excellent privacy companies are based in Switzerland.  However, there are a few drawbacks.   The Swiss bank privacy laws are gone, they voted to give up privacy rights and they have an MLAT treaty requiring Swiss companies to provide any data America requests.

How about Germany?

Germany is the home to some of the most brilliant people in the world, for example, Albert Einstein.  They have very good privacy laws to protect peoples privacy and data.  However, one drawback to consdier is their membership in the “14-Eyes”.  A German company could be legally required to share your private data between any/all of those 14 countries.

There are excellent encrypted email options in Germany, Switzerland, and Iceland.  We hope you’ll decide to use our service.  If you decide to use a different service we are grateful for your consideration.

The CTemplar Team

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