BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2016) - Galexia Analytics Release

2016 Rank 9. United Kingdom - Score: 78.88 | Change from 2013 Score: +1.94 - Rank: -2

The United Kingdom has a comprehensive set of cyberlaws. Data protection laws are particularly strong, with regular enforcement including large fines. However, businesses are required to register their data sets with the regulator, which seems to be an unnecessary burden on business and may act as a barrier to some cloud services.

The UK is free from Internet censorship and filtering, and up-to-date laws are in place for e-commerce and electronic signatures.

The UK is a signatory to the Convention on Cybercrime but has been criticized for not yet implementing one of its key provisions.

Advanced intellectual property laws are in place and are regularly enforced, although there is still a gap in relation to the exact role of Internet service providers (ISPs) in copyright enforcement. The Digital Economy Act 2010 established a limited copyright liability regime for ISPs. However, key sections of the act, including the notice and takedown provisions, are not in force. 

The UK already has high rates of Internet use and broadband penetration, and the UK recorded impressive results in the information technology (IT) infrastructure section of this year’s report (they were the third-biggest improver in IT infrastructure). 

Overall, the United Kingdom’s results remained steady, but the country’s ranking slipped slightly from 7th place in 2013 to 9th place, as it was overtaken by faster-moving nations.

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