Changes to The Data Protection Act
In April 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), comes into effect. It was due to replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive and the Data Protection Act 1998, and would impose strict fines of 4% of annual global turnover or 20m Euros, for companies that failed to comply.
Following a vote for Brexit, the Information Commissioner’s Office issued a statement saying that the new legislation would now not apply to the UK after it’s left the EU. However, it emphasised that if the UK wanted to trade with the single market on equal terms, it would have to prove “adequacy”. This means the UK’s data protection standards would have to be equivalent to the EU’s GDPR framework.
To get ahead, you should continue to prepare for the changes under GDPR. These include:
• The right to be forgotten: an obligation to erase personal data upon request.
• Consent: any data collected must have explicit consent, rather than implied.
• Data must be freely given: rather than under the duress of being unable to access services.
• Data portability: enabling people to transfer personal data between service providers.
• Breach notifications: must be received by the relevant authorities within 72 hours.
Rising energy costs
It’s common knowledge that power and cooling costs account for the biggest expenditure in a data centre, around 80%. According to a report in ZDNet, an average in-house server costs around £550 a year in power and cooling.
According to UK trade data from HMRC, in 2015 the UK spent £21bn on imported energy. Following Brexit, the warning is that a fall in the value of the pound could add up to £4bn to the cost of oil, gas, coal and electricity imports, which would drive up the costs for consumers and businesses. If estimates are placing the increase at £150 per year to consumer electricity bills, just imagine the cost for an entire data centre.
To get ahead, one way to avoid the energy price hike is to consider how you can incorporate greener energy into your operations. Many renewable energies, such as solar PV, wind turbines, ground source heat pumps and free cooling, can be retrofitted for easy deployment.