The post-Brexit landscape is surprisingly similar to the one that preceded that momentous vote on 23 June. Far from bringing an end to months of political and economic uncertainty, the Leave vote and the ambiguity over what happens next continues to cause consternation amongst both UK companies and foreign investors alike.
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The technology sector, which has been attempting to resolve the US vs. European data protection conundrum now faces further uncertainty, and many businesses are particularly concerned about what form the UK’s data protection laws will take once the country has formally completed its divorce from the European Union.
Although the UK is capable of making its own data protection laws, as with the 1998 Data Protection Act, as a member of the European Union it was also subject to EU laws, including the Data Protection Directive. Upon leaving the EU, the UK will no longer have to abide by this ruling, or its replacement, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The new rules, which come into effect on May 25 2018, concern users’ ‘right to be forgotten’, the right for them to know when their data has been compromised as well as the right to transfer data to another service provider without the fear of vendor lock-in.
While it is highly likely that the UK will continue to abide by EU data protection regulations post-Brexit, it is understandable that some UK businesses are looking at the current uncertainty with some concern. Fortunately, there is a way for UK organisations to put this worry to one side and start planning for the future.
The role of the MSP in a post-Brexit world
As the growth of Public and Private Cloud offerings attract more IT investment, it becomes more important than ever for businesses to choose their managed service provider (MSP) wisely. By opting for a Managed Services partner who operates from UK-based data centres, businesses based here can ensure that national data protection regulations are met. That way, even if the UK and EU opt for different data protection laws, your UK business can continue as normal.
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Although M7 Managed Services have always taken a global approach to our customer and vendor partnerships, managing applications in IBM SoftLayer for example, our Private Cloud and Managed Services offerings are hosted on leading technology infrastructure, located in UK data centres.
All of our customers’ data remains in the UK, ensuring that it meets compliance and regulatory standards. With more than 15 years of experience in infrastructure hosting and managed services and boasting a broad range of industry accreditations, we believe we have the expertise and resources to keep data safe and secure, while still allowing customers to collaborate with their partners all over the world.
Whether your business needs application hosting, off-site data replication or disaster recovery, M7 has a UK based solution to offer a solution that takes away the post-Brexit data conundrum.