Does the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 have any impact on DigitalOcean

I’m interested to know if there is any effect on the services offered by DigitalOcean to UK residents based on the introduction of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

Precisely, I’m looking to know if DO are required by law to log any traffic of droplets created by UK citizens or in UK based data centers.

For the purpose of the question, it is not to undertake any illegal activities, it is meant in the scope of using a private VPN service to essentially circumvent the legalized intrusion of privacy.


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Thanks for your question. At this time we do not anticipate any changes as we are not classified as an ISP. We are also a US entity and require that foreign law enforcement go through the MLAT process. So, as of now, no impact, but the IPA was only signed recently and more in-depth due diligence will be conducted to determine any applicable requirements. (Security Team)

Thanks for reaching out. I am not a lawyer or a member of our security team (but I will check with the security team to see if someone can provide more information here). I would recommend the best place to start is with our Law Enforcement Guidelines this document, intended for law enforcement agencies (and those concerned about privacy) details what information we collect and can provide to agencies and under what circumstances it is provided. Should the Investigatory Powers Bill require any substantive changes in our policy they would be documented there. I am not aware of any changes to this policy being worked on at present with respect to the new UK laws.