40% of UK workers prefer to keep their data stored in the EU

British workers prefer putting their trust in a European Union (EU) state to store their data (40 percent) rather than their own country (38 percent) or those from outside the EU (22 percent).  

With the vote on ‘Brexit' this week and the GDPR coming into effect in May 2018, cloud data storage is a hot topic for organisations serving citizens in the EU. 

New research from Blue Coat Systems and carried out by YouGov studied 3,130 workers, from various industries in Britain, France and Germany on who they trust to handle their work-related information.  Almost half (46 percent) of respondents would trust an EU country with their data, compared to 18 percent who would trust a non-EU country. 

Over a third (36 percent) reported they would trust no specific country to safely store or host their data in the cloud. German (43 percent) and French (45 percent) respondents prefer to keep their data stored in-country. 

Across Europe, Germany was ranked as the most trustworthy country in which to store data, with 26 percent of respondents satisfied to have their data stored there. France was trusted with 21 percent of respondents and the UK trusted with 20 percent. Spain ranked lowest with only six percent of respondents saying they would trust their data to be stored there.  

Younger workers have more trust in countries in the EU to store information in the cloud. The 18-24 year old group was the most trusting of EU countries (55 percent) compared to workers aged 55+ trusting EU countries the least (36 percent). Almost half (47 percent) of workers aged 55+ state they don't trust their cloud data being stored in any particular country compared to 24 percent of the younger age group of workers.  

Most EU workers do not trust the US to store or host their data with only nine percent reporting they would trust their work data to be hosted there. Meanwhile, 13 percent of Brits would trust the US when compared to respondents in France and Germany.  

“The EU regulatory landscape is set to radically change with the introduction of the GDPR legislation and this research highlights the level of distrust in countries outside the EU. Respondents prefer to keep their data within the EU, supporting new European data protection legislation,” said Robert Arandjelovic, director of product marketing EMEA at Blue Coat Systems. 

“More concerning is the fact that almost half of respondents would trust any country to store their data, indicating too many employees simply don't pay enough attention to where their work data is held. This presents a risk to enterprises, even if their employees treat where it is being hosted with little interest.”