February Update (2021)

Some of the stuff we've worked on during February:

Deletion mechanisms on our ingestion servers (part 2)

We've continued the work on the deletion mechanisms. I've talked more about this work and the principles governing these mechanisms in the January update. As a result, today, we've rolled out a solid batch of improvements to how fast we remove - from our ingestion server - recordings received from the desktop recorder through streaming. Here's the impact of turning on these new mechanisms on one of our volumes:

I need to reiterate some of the major benefits these new removal mechanisms bring:

  1. ensures significantly more free space is avb. if things go wrong down the line
  2. privacy: lowers the amount of PII data exposed in a breach situation

Tomorrow we will have a post-release meeting to discuss the new status quo and what could be improved further.

GDPR compliance in light of the Schrems 2 decision and UK exiting the EU

On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield Certification with immediate effect. On top of that, it validated the use of Standard Contractual Clauses as a mechanism for transfering data outside of the EEA and outside of countries for which there is no adequacy decision but indirectly invalidated their use with the US apart from a few small use cases (like storage of backups pre-encrypted in the EU; you'll find a list of compliant use cases in this EDPB document) or under the derogations provided by Art. 49 .

You won't hear this from the major US cloud providers, but the transfer of personal data to the US, US companies solely based on Standard Contractual Clauses is risky (transfering PII data to EEA companies that use US suppliers is also risky).

For our compliance and to help customers who have to comply with GDPR remain compliant, we've mapped the impacted data transfers and are in various stages from stopped the transfer to selecting a new EEA supplier to  fully migrated transfer with each of the data transfers we believe might be impacted.

MediaStream Recording API support in Safari

An experimental version of the MediaStream Recording API is now turned on by default on Safari 14.0.2 on macOS and Safari on iOS 14.3. We've taken a deep look and it seems to be working as expected. We'll have a blog post soon with more details.

Typical Video Bitrates

We've taken a deep look at the typical video bitrates we see with the MediaStream Recording API and HTML Media Capture API on Chrome and Firefox , iOS/iPadOS and Android. It'll come in handy in provisioning processing, storage and bandwidth resources for us and our clients.

3rd Party Plugin for Bubble.io

Not made by us but definitely worth mentioning: a 3rd party developer made this plugin that helps Bubble.io users add the Pipe recording client to their Bubble.io project. You can find out more on the bubble.io website. We'll also update our website to bring more visibility to it.

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