AWS and Brexit

The UK left the EU (“Brexit”) on January 31, 2020. The UK is in a transition period until the end of December 2020. We don’t expect Brexit to have any impact on our customers’ use of AWS or cause any interruption to our supply of services. During and after the transition period, customers will be able to transfer data into and out of our Regions throughout the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and the UK, just as they did before Brexit. Here’s how:

Transfers between the EEA and the UK during the transition period. During the transition period, EU laws will continue to apply (including the GDPR). Transfers of personal data between the EEA and the UK during the transition period will not be considered to be transfers to a third country under the GDPR and will not require any additional safeguards.

Transfers from the EEA to the UK after the transition period. If no special arrangements for transfer are agreed between the UK and the EU, then customers wishing to transfer personal data from the EEA to the UK (including to our London Region) can rely on the Standard Contractual Clauses for the transfer. The Standard Contractual Clauses are a part of every AWS services agreement and are contained in our AWS Data Processing Addendum.

You can read the European Data Protection Board’s note regarding the use of Standard Contractual Clauses in connection with Brexit here.

Transfers from the UK to the EEA (and other countries) after the transition period. The UK government intends to grant “adequacy” to all EEA countries for the purposes of personal data flows so that additional safeguards will not be necessary. This would be relevant to customers wishing to transfer personal data from the UK to the EEA (including to our Frankfurt, Ireland, Paris and Stockholm Regions). The UK government also intends to recognise existing EU adequacy decisions and the European Commission-approved Standard Contractual Clauses (which are the same as those in our Data Processing Addendum) as a basis for international data transfers after the transition period.

You can read the UK ICO’s guidance on international data flows here.

We will continue to monitor the situation around Brexit closely and will keep this page updated.

If you have any further questions about using AWS after Brexit, please Contact Us.

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