Cloudalize & Brexit

Introduction

The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) voted by a majority to leave the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016. Since Cloudalize has a UK-based data centre, we want to inform everyone of how this effects you.

Cloudalize prepares for brexit and the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union

British Law

Since 2016, successive British governments have been aware of potential issues resulting from the UK withdrawal from the EU. Therefore, it passed special legislation in 2018 to manage the situation:

  • Section 3 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA) absorbs the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into British law immediately after withdrawal from the European Union.
  • Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), complements GDPR and goes further by means of including national security and the Information Commissioner Office (ICO), the British data protection agency, into British legislation.

These acts extend to the whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Current Situation

Both the UK and the EU enacted legislation during January 2020 to allow the UK to leave the EU officially at 0.00 CET/23.00 GMT on 31 January 2020. This legislation is European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 and 18 October 2019 Agreement respectively.

A period of transition will last until 31 December 2020 where the UK will remain a member of the European Customs Union and Single Market.

The above mentioned legislation also guarantees that data continues to flow from Cloudalize’s UK-located data centre to the Cloudalize customers within the EU and EEA unimpeded.

Other Territories

Cloudalize customers in the Faroe Islands, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Israel and Switzerland will continue to have the same rights and privileges in data protection legislation as before. These rights are guaranteed by EU, UK and national or regional legislation in the respective territories.

Further Information

If you require further information on the subject of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, Cloudalize has a list of resources in the bibliography below or alternatively, you can contact Cloudalize’s Data Protection Officer at dpo[at]cloudalize.com.

Note: The information contained on this page was correct on the date of publication, 3 February 2020.

Bibliography: Brexit

  • Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and Queen’s Printer (2018) European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 Available here
  • Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and Queen’s Printer (2018) Data Protection Act 2018 Available here
  • Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and Queen’s Printer (2020) European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 Available here
  • European Parliament (2020) Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community Available here
  • UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (2019) Amendments to UK data protection law in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal Available here
  • UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) 2019 International data transfers Available here
  • British Government (2020) The UK has left the EU Available here 
  • (British) Information Commissioner’s Office (2019) Guide to Data Protection Available here