data custody

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data: borrowed from Latin data, nominative plural of datum (“that is given”), neuter past participle of dō (“I give”).
custody: from Latin custodia (“a keeping, watch, guard, prison”), from custos (“a keeper, watchman, guard”), (“a Roman Catholic warden of holy lands [obsolete]”).


IPA: /ˈdeɪtə/ˈkʌstədiː/ (Estuary English)
Homophone: dater (in non-rhotic dialects), custardy (in some dialects)


data custody (uncountable)

  1. The guardianship and protection of data from exploitation and abuse, during storage or transport, ensuring the security, integrity, and sovereignty of one's own data.
    Many small businesses are forced into being cost-conscious, and their decisions around data custody may eventually translate to long-term setbacks.