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Project management software made in Germany

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Why is the location of a project management software provider important?

Depending on where your software provider’s head office is located, the respective legal basis for data processing and storage applies.

If you are using a project management software, confidential data is getting processed. Data about business processes, customers, suppliers, employees, intellectual property and much more. And that is why it is so important to make data privacy and security one of the most important aspects when choosing your project management software provider.

The majority of the software providers and sub-processors are based either in the EU or in the US. Regarding the legal basis for data processing, get yourself familiar with European versus US data regulations to know which legislation you want your provider to adhere to.

Why a European project management software?

Overall, in Europe, data has long been about fundamental human rights to privacy and protection. The EU introduced GDPR as an overarching legislation to make data privacy a clear priority. The GDPR is Europe’s law for standards regarding data protection principles, accountability for secure data processing, data security, people’s privacy rights, consent for data processing, data protection by design and by default. It also includes the “right to be forgotten”.

In order to make sure the GDPR is implemented by all organizations processing data of EU citizens or residents, there are high charges for violator’s of the GDPR’s privacy and security standards.

Why a project management software made in Germany?

Besides being part of the EU and consequently enforcing the GDPR, Germany is well known for data protection. Germany was the first country worldwide to introduce a data protection law in 1970. This was in the State of Hesse and 7 years later it was followed by the Federal Data Protection Act seven years later. That means, in Germany, the protection of the citizens’ personal data is a state responsibility.

So even before the GDPR, the German Federal Data Protection Act was one of the strictest in the world and many amendments of the GDPR did not present anything new for Germany as it had already been implemented previously.

Continuing its pioneering role in data protection, Germany was also the first country to implement all new requirements of the European directive in the so-called German Data Protection Amendment Act (GDPAA) in 2017.

OpenProject is made in Germany

Data protection and information security are of central importance to OpenProject and are one of the main motives for the development of this open source software.

As a German company based in Berlin, OpenProject complies with European and national data protection regulations. We process your data strictly confidentially and only for the purpose we informed you of when collecting the data. Our benchmark for processing your data is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the German Federal Data Protection Act and other applicable data privacy regulations.

A considerable advantage of OpenProject as open source software is the great freedom that the open source license grants to users and developers. An open source software can provide higher security as the code is available and can be reviewed by the community to identify and fix potential security gaps quickly.

Please read in detail about how OpenProject takes care of users’ data and how we prioritize data privacy and security.