This page provides AWS financial institution customers with information about the legal and regulatory requirements in Ireland that may apply to their use of AWS services.
Can financial institutions use AWS?
Yes. Financial institutions in Ireland are permitted to use cloud services, provided that they comply with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, such as those described below.
Who is the financial regulator?
Banc Ceannais na hÉireann (Central Bank of Ireland) is Ireland’s financial supervisory authority and supervises, inter alia, credit institutions, securities markets and brokers, fund managers, payment services providers, investment firms, and insurance and reinsurance companies. It absorbed the previous regulator, the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority in October 2010 to unify monetary policy and regulatory functions.
What regulations apply to financial institutions using AWS?
Financial institutions in Ireland may be subject to a number of different legal and regulatory requirements when they use cloud services. For example, the Central Bank of Ireland has confirmed the applicability of the European Banking Authority Guidelines on outsourcing arrangements issued 25 February 2019 (“EBA Guidelines”) in Ireland. The EBA Guidelines apply to EU-regulated credit institutions, investment firms, electronic money institutions and payment institutions, and provide guidance to these entities when they are using or planning to use cloud services. This guidance covers a variety of contractual and operational areas, including audit rights, security of data and systems, location of data and data processing, sub-outsourcing, and contingency plans and exit strategies.
Customers that have questions about the EBA Guidelines, and how these may apply to their use of AWS services, can reach out to their account representative or contact us.
Local regulations, guidelines, and laws in Ireland may also apply to financial institutions in Ireland when they use cloud services.
Regulations are changing rapidly in this space, and AWS is working to help customers proactively respond to new rules and guidelines. AWS encourages its financial institutions customers to obtain appropriate advice on their compliance with all regulatory and legal requirements that are relevant to their business, including the EBA Guidelines and local regulations, guidelines, and laws.
Key considerations for financial institutions using AWS
AWS is committed to offering customers a strong compliance framework and advanced tools and security measures that customers can use to evaluate meet, and demonstrate compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Financial institutions who are using or planning to use AWS services can take the following steps to better understand their compliance needs:
1. Consider the purpose of the workload(s) under consideration and the relevant categories of data in order to anticipate which legal and regulatory requirements may apply.
2. Assess the materiality or criticality of the relevant workload(s) in light of local requirements. For example, Section 4 of the EBA Guidelines contains materiality assessment considerations for financial institutions.
3. Review the AWS Shared Responsibility Model and map AWS responsibilities and customer responsibilities according to each AWS service that will be used. Customers can also use AWS Artifact to access AWS’ audit reports and conduct their assessment of the control responsibilities.
4. Customers who have further questions about how AWS services can enable their security and compliance needs, or who would like more information, can contact their account representative or contact us.
Key data privacy and protection considerations for financial institutions using AWS
Financial institutions in Ireland using AWS services should also consider applicable privacy and security requirements, including the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the Data Protection Act 2018 (including applicable provisions in the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003) and the European Union (Measures for a High Common Level of Security of Network and Information Systems) Regulations 2018.
If customers process or are planning to process the personal data of data subjects in the European Union (EU), they should visit AWS’ General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Center. More information on these requirements are included in the AWS whitepaper, Navigating GDPR Compliance on AWS.
Navigating GDPR Compliance on AWS
This document is intended to answer questions such as, ‘How AWS supports customers to become compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).’ Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides customers with services and resources to help them comply with GDPR requirements that may be applicable to their operations. These include AWS’ adherence to the Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe (CISPE) Code of Conduct, granular data access controls, monitoring and logging tools, encryption, key management, audit capability, adherence to IT security standards and AWS’ Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalog (C5) attestations.
The goal of the Code is to eliminate barriers to cloud usage by certifying cloud infrastructure or hosting services as compliant with the European data protection regulation, including the GDPR law.
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