Will DigitalOcean follow Twitters example in protecting EU customers?
Twitter setup a new independant branch located in Ireland so the NSA can’t threaten them in court to reveal EU customer data. I think I may reopen my twitter account again :)
If you live outside the United States, our services are now provided to you by Twitter International Company, our company based in Dublin, Ireland. Twitter International Company will be responsible for handling your account information under Irish privacy and data protection law, which is based on the European Union’s Data Protection Directive.
Regarding the high sensitivity of running private mail servers and such on DO droplets, I ask myself if DO is considering (now or in the near future) a separate branch to protect it’s EU customers.
Of course there won’t be any internal discussion based on “because we care” but there is a thing called “because it pays” - which board members usually agree with. As an example - right now I can’t offer DO products to my german business clients because DO is a US company. Therefore I have to select the more expensive EU cloud providers - who profit heavily from everybodies fear of the NSA.