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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Data Haven  
  A place where data that cannot legally be kept can be stashed for later use; an offshore web host.  

This is an interesting topic; companies often need information that they are not legally allowed to know. For example, some hospitals are not allowed to mark patients as HIV positive (because it stigmatizes patients); staff members create codes or other ways so they can take the necessary steps to protect themselves.

This idea of information being lifted clear of the data networks is also explored at length in Shockwave Rider, by John Brunner.

…Laura had never realized the profit to be gained by evading the developed world's privacy laws. Thousands of legitimate companies maintained dossiers on individuals: employee records, medical histories, credit transactions. In the Net economies, business was impossible without such information. In the legitimate world, companies purged this information periodically, as required by law.

But not all of it was purged. Reams of it ended up in the data havens, passed on through bribery of clerks, through taps of datalines, and by outright commercial espionage…

The havens were bootstrapping their way up to Big Brother status…

From Islands in the Net, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by William Morrow in 1988
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If information is really the currency of the future, why not keep a copy of your data stashed in an offshore web host, one that is not recorded. In the event that you lose your company and its information, you could resurrect it from your other host.

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