The issue of data location will become more relevant after Brexit. While initially, we will continue to host in Europe it is very possible that the UK adopts a German style data hosting policy regulated by the Federal Data Protection Act which is more stringent than the European wide laws. While companies can host elsewhere it is easier to comply by hosting in Germany, boosting German digital economy.
The companies were asked if they felt that Brexit would introduce data sovereignty issues. Just over a third (37%) said no. 21% said they believed that it would cause data sovereignty issues but the largest group 42% were unsure. Again, this is another example of the uncertainty around Brexit and its knock-on effects to IT operations and planning. However, in the Governments Position paper published at the end of August, it is indicated that the intention would be to maintain the current arrangements.