AWS and Brexit

The UK has left the EU ("Brexit"). We don't expect Brexit to impact our customers' use of AWS or cause any interruption to our supply of services.

Customers can continue to transfer data into and out of our AWS Regions throughout the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and the UK, just as they did before Brexit. Here’s how: 

Transfers from the EEA to the UK. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement contains a bridging mechanism that allows personal data to flow from the EEA to the UK for up to six months (which will end on 30 June 2021). The bridging mechanism allows time for the EU to consider and grant the UK an adequacy decision for the continued flow of personal data.

If the EU does not grant the UK an adequacy decision during this time, then customers wishing to transfer personal data from the EEA to the UK (including to our AWS London Region) can rely on the Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCCs”) for the transfer. The SCCs are EU-approved safeguards for international transfers of personal data. The SCCs are a part of every AWS customer agreement and are contained in our AWS Data Processing Addendum.

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

Transfers from the UK to the EEA. The UK has, on a transitional basis, deemed the EEA to be adequate for personal data flows from the UK. This is relevant for customers wishing to transfer personal data from the UK to the EEA (including to our AWS Frankfurt, Ireland, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Stockholm Regions).

You can read the UK Government’s guidance on data flows between the EEA and the UK 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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