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US company opens Amsterdam data centre to adhere to GDPR​
Thu, 5th Jul 2018
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In a direct response to the imposition of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), First Advantage has announced details of a new data center within the region.

With its headquarters in Atlanta, the Symphony Technology Group company that provides background solutions for employers around the globe, says the new data center launch is to put their customers' minds at ease.

The new data center is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the company asserts it is a ‘state-of-the-art facility' that adheres to all the points of GDPR.

“We listened to the needs of our clients, especially given their growing concerns over EU-regulated data privacy and compliance,” says First Advantage chief infrastructure officer and executive vice president Nick Grecco.

“After considering a number of countries, our decision to locate our new data center in The Netherlands was driven by its exceptional power infrastructure and business-friendly environment.

First Advantage's platform collects data on millions of job candidates, making the security of the information essential. The company asserts the new facility will enable First Advantage to meet the ever-increasing demand for its screening services while maintaining the safety of its data in compliance with the recently imposed GDPR privacy regulations.

“Our Enterprise Advantage global platform automatically routes data for U.S. candidates to our US data center and holds customer data for all other countries in our new state-of-the-art EU data center in Amsterdam,” says First Advantage EMEA executive vice president of global clients - strategy Suzanne Mastrofski.

“This enables our clients to have the confidence their data and that of their candidates is secure, protected to the highest standards and complies with GDPR.

Of course, there is ongoing confusion around GDPR with several companies still collecting data of EU citizens without asking permission, while other companies have simply begun to refuse access to EU IP addresses.