With offices and customers in the UK, USA, Australia, and Asia, we are sometimes asked about the location of our data storage facilities for users of our cloud-based products.
As Brexit is now a reality, we have a simple answer when a British-based customer asks where its data will be stored. We have the same answer when a customer sees we have offices around the world.
Our response: where would you like your data stored? We’re not being funny. The point is that your data will be stored in whatever territory you want it to be.
Data Regulations Fall Under European Union Law Until Britain Legally Exits the EU
We understand that, for many reasons, some customers want to and sometimes must maintain data in a specific geographic location and Timewatch uses a network of data centres around the globe to meet those requirements.
Brexit may appear to complicate issues for data storage but, while Britain legally remains in the European Union, data for British companies falls under European rules. When Brexit is completed we may see new regulations that require data to be held specifically in the UK rather than within Europe, but whatever the situation, we are prepared.
How To Choose Where Your Data is Held
“Currently, our public cloud European clients are hosted in Europe, and our US clients are hosted in the US, thereby adhering to all the current regulations,” says Timewatch’s Phil Jones.
“With Brexit, as soon as any new regulations are defined, we’ll meet them, but for the moment all customers are covered under Safe Harbour.”
Customers can choose where they want their data held: US, UK or EU, and even move from one location to another as they choose.
“For further peace of mind, with our private cloud option, you can designate where you wish your data to be specifically held,” adds Jones. So if you are unsure, be sure with Timewatch.”
It’s also worth noting that, in a globalised workplace, our data centres comply with international data protection laws and meet all standards regarding transfer of customer data across international borders.