BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2018) - Galexia Analytics Release

2018 Rank 4. United Kingdom - Score: 81.84 | Change from 2016 - Rank: +5

The United Kingdom has a comprehensive set of cyberlaws. Data protection laws are particularly strong, with regular enforcement. 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 United Kingdom is updating its laws to reflect the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into force in May 2018. This update continues despite the BREXIT process.

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

The United Kingdom is a signatory to the Convention on Cybercrime. There is significant debate in the United Kingdom on the regulation of law enforcement access to data, and some proposals could have a potential negative effect on cloud computing.

Advanced intellectual property laws are in place and are regularly enforced, although there is still a gap in relation to trade secrets protection and enforcement. The United Kingdom also scored very well in the information technology (IT) infrastructure section of this year’s report.

The United Kingdom’s ranking improved substantially, and the country went from ninth to fourth place in the 2018 Scorecard rankings. The UK released a national Cyber Security Strategy in late 2016 and outperformed other nations in the Security rankings.

The rank for United Kingdom in this year's Scorecard is:
- 4th overall,
- 8th for legal and policy, and
- 4th for IT readiness and broadband deployment.

Within legal and policy themes for cloud readiness United Kingdom has the following rankings:
- 7th for data privacy
- 1st for security
- 18th for cybercrime
- 1st for intellectual property rights
- 5th for standards and international harmonization
- 10th for promoting free trade

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