Palantir Technologies Inc plans to move its entire UK data processing out of the United States at a time when data privacy regulations are tighter across the globe.
While Palantir already hosts all UK customer data within the country, handling of metadata is currently done in the United States.
The move of data processing operations by the end of 2022 will allow customers in the UK and the EU to be less susceptible to data leaks or hacks, as the company handles sensitive data for its clients in the UK including the National Health Service NHS Palantir.
The regulations on how personal data should be handled and stored in the EU are changing from region to region to region, such as the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR in the EU. There is an increasing shift towards localizing these processes to comply with tougher regulatory requirements, all due to tense relations between the United States and China.
Palantir, which has earned its reputation from its work with the U.S. Defense Department and intelligence agencies like the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, has said it only works with the United States and its allies.
The UK will be fully autonomous as regulations change and the threats around the world increase, according to a company backed by tech billionaire Peter Thiel. The move, which will be a multi-million pound investment for the company, will create 250 new jobs at its London headquarters, the U.S. based software-as-a-service company said.