Since the EU referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016, when the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, there has been much uncertainty, with regards to the future direction of the UK. With the ongoing political turmoil in the UK, it has been several years since the British government invoked Article 50 and the UK is yet to finalise a decision to leave the European Union.
This uncertainty over the future direction of the UK has the potential of causing paralysis with regards to the strategic planning within certain facets of organisations, particularly those that require long-term investments, i.e. Information Technology.
One aspect that has, and will continue, to be heavily impacted by Brexit, is that of data sovereignty.
With the adoption of online data backup and other cloud technologies becoming the norm, the UK government’s stance on data sovereignty will play a key role in the decision making of IT leaders.
Does the UK still need to comply with the EU’s GDPR?
The EU referendum (Brexit vote) may have taken place several years ago but as of May 25th 2018 the GDPR came into effect in Europe. The UK was, and at time of writing, is still part of the European Union; as such the UK has implemented the regulation into British law with the Data Protection Act (2018). The Data Protection Act ensures that even when Brexit has taken effect, that the UK will comply with European data laws, which as seen as some of the most forward thinking across the globe.
Any organisation that deals with and subsequently hold personal data relating to an EU citizen, must be compliant with the regulation; for many UK based organisations this would mean compliance with GDPR, Brexit or not. It is imperative that service providers can comply with both international and domestic regulations and offer the flexibility that forward-thinking IT leaders demand.
Choosing a backup service provider
By choosing Redstor as your online backup partner, UK-based organisations can be assured that they are in compliance with the Data Protection Act (2018).
Redstor is a UK-owned and headquartered company, with specialist support staff. All UK customer data protected using Redstor’s backup services is stored in UK-based data centres, ensuring customers retain complete control and ownership of their data.
Redstor’s data centres have multiple redundant links in place to avoid any single point of failure and ensure that data is always available.
Redstor provides centralised visibility and on-demand access to all your data, wherever it is stored, through a single control centre.
With a wealth of experience gained from designing and managing complex infrastructures, Redstor was one of the first organisations (in 2005) to launch online/cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services. Our ISO accredited services are used by over 25,000 organisations across both the public and private sectors.
This post was originally published in July 2016 and has been updated and re-posted in August 2019.