As more and more leaks continue to surface, everyone, from the general public to large corporations, are falling victim to anti-privacy laws. While the ambiguity on privacy in the US and EU continues, many internet savvy users are turning to Iceland – a country independent of Europe.
As a result, Iceland has become a very popular offshore destination for hosting data. Here’s why:
Iceland does not hold user data
Since the Data Protection Act in 1998, strict protocols to digital privacy protection have been implemented. Hosts, ISP’s, and cell service providers are no longer required to hold your personal user data. Iceland is part of this Act.
There is virtually no Internet Censorship in Iceland
It ranks number 1 out of 138 countries in accessibility of digital content, receiving a score of 6.62 out of 7. 1 being no digital accessibility at all. Censorship is strictly prohibited by Iceland, and it’s a value among Iceland’s people to protect freedom of expression, which extends to the use of the Internet.
Iceland values Freedom of Speech more than the United States
As of 2016 it also ranks number 19 in the Press Freedom Index, with the US placing rank 41 in comparison. Iceland is also subject to neither the US nor EU court system (where a vast majority of DMCA takedowns originate from), meaning unless an Icelandic judge takes their side, your sites not going anywhere.
Iceland has great Internet to the world
It’s also connected directly to North America and Europe using submarine cabling and redundant fiber optic connections, with a ping from NYC to Iceland reported to be as low 41ms. Iceland is also the world leader in fiber internet deployment.
Because Iceland is such a great data-storage location, we have compiled a list of the best Iceland hosting providers on the Internet.