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Google to move all its UK users from the EU to US privacy regulations, citing Brexit

By the end of March 2020 Google will move all users in the UK from its Irish subsidiary to its American arm Google LLC, removing their GDPR privacy protections.

MaBi   21 February 2020 - 14:08   categories: Europe, EU, UK, Politics, Legal, Corporate surveillance   tags: GDPR, ICO, Privacy Shield, Safe Harbour, Brexit, Google

Blaming Brexit, Google has decided that all UK users are now Americans from a regulatory perspective and has moved them from the EU privacy jurisdiction to the US privacy jurisdiction. This is a significant downgrade in data and privacy protection for anyone in the UK.

The changes are due to take effect on 31 march 2020. Now is a good time to delete your Google account, or if you can't afford to get rid of Google altogether, at least limit your exposure to Google.

UK-based holders of a Google account have received an email about an "improved" version of the ToS in their inbox over the last few days. Here are the key excerpts:

"We’re improving our Terms of Service and making them easier for you to understand. The changes will take effect on 31 March 2020, and they won’t impact the way that you use Google services. And, because the United Kingdom (UK) is leaving the European Union (EU), Google LLC will now be the service provider and the data controller responsible for your information and for complying with applicable privacy laws for UK consumer users.

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Your service provider and data controller is now Google LLC: Because the UK is leaving the EU, we’ve updated our Terms so that a United States-based company, Google LLC, is now your service provider instead of Google Ireland Limited. Google LLC will also become the data controller responsible for your information and complying with applicable privacy laws. We’re making similar changes to the Terms of Service for YouTube, YouTube Paid Services and Google Play. These changes to our Terms and privacy policy don’t affect your privacy settings or the way that we treat your information (see the privacy policy for details). As a reminder, you can always visit your Google Account to review your privacy settings and manage how your data is used.

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And of course, if you don’t agree to our new Terms and what we can expect from each other as you use our services, you can find more information about your options in our Frequently asked questions.

Thank you for using Google’s services.
Your Google team
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