Catalyst Cloud managing director Bruno Lago pointed out that Microsoft could safely store data in New Zealand without it being subject to the onerous Australian encryption law that was passed in 2018.
"If Microsoft does in future hold data here, rather than in Australian data centres, it would then become protected from the recent Australian ‘encryption backdoor’ law, which forces ICT providers to compromise the safety of their software so the Australian Government can read data stored or transmitted by their customers," he said.
Microsoft announced the opening of its first data centre region in New Zealand on Wednesday.
She said the Fletcher School’s Digital Evolution Index characterised New Zealand as a "standout nation", demonstrating to the world what the future might look like, referring to Massachusetts-based Tufts University’s graduate school of international affairs.
Lago said: “As a kiwi owned and operated business, not only is Catalyst Cloud’s client data fully protected by New Zealand data and privacy laws, but our revenues stay here in New Zealand too.
"This is something we're especially proud of as we work with clients, partners and resellers to help rebuild our local economy in the years ahead."