Using Google in the UK? Your data is about to move under U.S. jurisdiction thanks to Brexit.
Google is moving where it controls British user data from Ireland, where the company’s Europe headquarters is located, back to the U.S. following Britain’s exit from the EU.
The tech giant told Mashable that UK users will still be covered by the EU’s fierce General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has been in effect since May 2018, and that nothing would change in terms of privacy management. But it’s not that straightforward.
“Like many companies, we have to prepare for Brexit,” said a Google spokesperson in a statement to Mashable. “Nothing about our services or our approach to privacy will change, including how we collect or process data, and how we respond to law enforcement demands for users’ information. The protections of the UK GDPR will still apply to these users.”
The move was first reported by Reuters, which
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