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Pre-Brexit Considerations: Where is Your Data?

12 March 2019 by Charlotte Greene

Back in January, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) warned that the flow of data between the UK and the rest of Europe was at risk of being interrupted should a no-deal Brexit occur.

With the relationship between the UK and EU still uncertain until those in power agree on a deal, it’s crucial you’re doing all you can to minimise data disruption for your organisation.

Know where your data is

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The inside of a UKFast data centre

To be able to safeguard your data, first you need to know where it is located. You must be able to pinpoint exactly where your organisation’s data is held, and by whom. This includes your cloud data, too.

According to the ICO’s Director of Strategic Policy Jonathan Bamford, ‘many organisations do not realise that their cloud services are not based in the UK, and this can expose them to risk’.

The problem with the post-Brexit data situation is that there are no guarantees around whether or not the EU will deem UK data laws equivalent to their own when we leave. Although the UK will just absorb the current EU data regulations into its own laws, there will inevitably be a time where the adequacy of this arrangement must be reviewed – and this could take months.

Therefore, if your cloud data is currently being hosted by a provider which stores data in the EU, this is potentially going to cause problems. Data held in the EU may not be able – at least until an adequacy agreement is reached – to be shared with the UK as it is currently. So, if your organisation relies heavily on accessing its data in the cloud, and your cloud is hosted in an EU country, you’re going to struggle to access it as usual. And this may have a huge impact on your operation.

Three steps to smooth data flow post-Brexit

  1. Just ask
    Some providers have moved to EU-based storage in recent years and customers are not always notified. So, even if your provider had all UK-based data storage at the beginning of your contract, you must check this is still the case.

    Any good provider will be able to tell you where your data is held ­— simply contact them and ask

  2. Make a plan
    If you’ve contacted your provider and find out that your data is not held in the UK, now is the time to make an action plan.

    If your data is held outside of the UK but not in an EU country, the likelihood is it will not be affected by Brexit. However, if your provider does store your data in the EU, you may want to think about alternative hosting options.

  3. Migrate to another provider, if necessary
    At the end of the day, whether or not you choose to switch providers ultimately comes down to this: can you afford any disruption to your organisation? If the answer is a resounding ‘no’, getting your data moved to a UK-based data centre is your best bet to minimise data disruption.

Where do I start if I need to migrate?

At UKFast, we have almost two decades of experience migrating hosting solutions. We make sure the process is as quick and simple as possible, with minimal downtime so your organisation can operate as usual. Simply call one of our hosting experts on 0800 953 9913 for unbeatable cloud advice.

We wholly own and operate our five state-of-the-art data centres, all of which are ISO certified and housed in the UK to guarantee 100% data sovereignty. As an ISO 27001, 27017 and 27018 certified business, we continuously demonstrate our commitment to being a secure link in your supply chain.

With the uncertainty of Brexit throwing UK organisations off balance, you can be certain your data is exactly where it needs to be with UKFast hosting.

Speak to one of our hosting experts today on 0800 953 9913 to discover the advantages of UK-based hosting.

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