HMD Global to move Nokia phone data to Google Cloud in Finland

Nokia phone licensee HMD Global has announced the move which it says will improve the speed of phone updates as well as data security

Nokia phone licensee HMD Global has announced the move which it says will improve the speed of phone updates as well as data security

The phone activation and performance data for all Nokia phones going forward will be stored at the Google Cloud facility in Hamina, Finland.

Data will be stored in the new center automatically on new Nokia smartphones, like the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and the Nokia 2.2. Older models will follow with the release of Android Q, which rollout is scheduled for later this year and should be completed in the first half of 2020. The move would convey a superior user and gadget experience for Nokia smartphone users, by improving the speed and precision of gadget improvements conveyed to Nokia phones, the organization said in an announcement, that additional, "Nokia phones move data collection centre to Europe in a move that reinforces HMD Global's commitment to data security". HMD Global commits to two years' OS upgrades and three years' security upgrades to its products.

The centres, which store Nokia device activation and performance data, are to be moved to Hamina in Finland, with the firm saying the move will improve the speed of updates to phones as well as allow it to better comply with European Union data laws like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As the country is a member of the European Union, this means that any and all data stored in the country is subjected to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.

A few months ago, there was a report that the Nokia 7 Plus was sending user data to China.

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Sarvikas claimed that the latest decision to move storage to Finland has been a year in the making and is part of the company's overall cloud service vendor swap from Amazon to Google.

"Google Cloud and CGI were natural choices to be our strategic cloud partners thanks to our pre-existing close collaborations with them, which ensures that we're implementing our leading data security and analytics technology at a global level", he said.

Francisco Jeronimo, Associate VP at IDC, saw this move a positive action by HMD Global, calling it a good move "to address concerns about data privacy" on Twitter.

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