18th July 2017
What's the future for technology post-Brexit?
We realise there are an influx of “what-now-post-Brexit” articles circulating but there is no getting away from the fact that the decision of that marginal majority to pack their bags and move out of the EU will have (and is already having) a significant impact on UK businesses, especially with regard to data protection.
What the Switch2IT team really wants to know is, when these changes start to have a significant impact, will the regulators have the expertise and the gumption to deal with the fall-out?
“How come a TV is allowed to send my data to another country and, indeed, my Windows 10 machine, without my permission? This is wrong and, in the name of data protection and IT security, this is something that said regulators need to get their teeth stuck into for the greater good of UK citizens!
Let us consider the most recent Queen’s Speech, delivered at the end of June, and the government’s key proposals regarding data protection over the next two years, as discussed by Reed Smith’s Technology Law Dispatch:
- A new Data Protection Bill – Designed to replace the Data Protection Act 1998, and incorporating the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) into national UK law, this new legislation aims to ensure that the UK “retains its world-class regime protecting personal data.” Bringing its data protection framework bang up-to-date and placing the UK in good stead to continue sharing data both domestically and internationally post-Brexit, the Bill will include rules to retain individual control over personal data.
- A new Digital Charter – With its main objectives being that the UK is the safest place to go online and making our little island THE place to run a digital business, the government aims to collaborate with technology companies and other organisations in order to deliver.
What interests us here is two-fold. Businesses who are preparing for the GDPR should stay on track, as this new data protection law will retain similarities post-Brexit. Also, there is some hope that the tech giants will regard user and business cyber security more seriously than ever before, once the government starts working more closely with them to make sure they toe the line.
The future for technology post-Brexit, for the next two years at least, remains to be seen. However, there is one way business owners can guarantee an excellent IT security strategy for their own systems and users in the foreseeable future – Switch2IT! We provide a comprehensive IT business support service, including IT project management and technical support from skilled and dedicated engineers who will put your business needs first.
We do not only put the health of UK businesses at the forefront of our company values, we also care deeply about the health of UK citizens as a whole. As such, we have recently donated to Great Ormond Street, Alzheimer’s Society, Orchid and Worthing Hospital’s Intensive Therapy Unity Trust. This month, we are sponsoring David Baldery to complete his Land’s End to John O'Groats Solo Cycle Challenge for Ataxia UK and Fibroduck Foundation. On your bike, Dave – in the nicest possible way!
24th November 2017
Significant technological innovation, from India to Sussex
Are you confident that the UK government is putting enough effort and investment into the security of British business? Do you think other countries are leaps and bounds ahead, moving towards safe and successful futures? Switch2IT explores whether more could be done to strengthen our cyber security and infrastructure in order to make a significant ...Read More >
12th October 2017
Cyber Security: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Cyber Security: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly From tides of positive change via the IT networking bods at Netgear to despair in the tiresome encryption debate to undignified squirming from Microsoft about paying their taxes, this month Switch2IT explores the Good the Bad and the Ugly from the IT security and technology industries. Gettin...Read More >
22nd September 2017
Switch2IT says On Your Bike to data breaches like Equifax
On Your Bike, Data Breaches! There has been so much news about data breaches just lately that it is unreal – at least, the Switch2IT team wishes it was. The latest reports reveal that the Equifax data breach was a lot worse than first thought and that investigations into the extent of its impact are ongoing. As well as 143 million Americans...Read More >
25th August 2017
The complexities of UK data protection law
Who does data protection law protect and what are the parameters? The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently published a blog that caused a few eyebrows to rise among the Switch2IT team. Steve Eckersley ICO Head of Enforcement, who aims to “take purposeful risk-based regulatory action where obligations are ignored, exam...Read More >