Kaspersky announced earlier today plans to move the user data of most of its customers to a “Transparency Center” in Switzerland, along with its “software assembly line.”

The Transparency Center will be located in Zurich and will house servers that store data on Kaspersky customers across Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.

The transparency center will also host the company’s “build infrastructure” that Kaspersky uses to assemble and manage its products. More precisely, the Zurich Transparency Center will host:

◬  The source code of any publicly released product (including old versions),
◬  Threat detection rule databases,
◬  The source code of cloud services responsible for receiving and storing the data of customers based in Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore,
◬  Software tools used for the creation of a product (the build scripts), databases, and cloud services,
◬  Secure software development documentation.

The move of the software assembly line is set to complete by the end of 2018, while moving servers tasked with storing user data will finish by the end of 2019.

Kaspersky said more transparency centers are set to open in North America and Asia by 2020, but the company is not yet ready to disclose more details.

Kaspersky’s fight to clear its name

The creation of the Zurich Transparency Center is part of a larger plan announced by the company in October 2017, called the Global Transparency Initiative.

Kaspersky created these centers so trusted partners and government stakeholders could review its products’ source code…