Google to move UK user data to U.S. amid Brexit uncertainty regarding GDPR

Google says that like many other companies, it has to prepare for Brexit

The move came after the UK’s exit from the European Union at the end of January this year, and the tech giants will soon require UK users to agree to new terms of conditions.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has begun preparing for Brexit by revealing its plans to move the data and user accounts of its British users from the EU to the U.S.

Data Economy reached out to Google for more information regarding the data move, including the reasoning behind it, and when it will take effect, and they said: “Like many companies, we have to prepare for Brexit.

“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 company gave no details as to when the data of UK citizens will be transferred from Ireland, where it had been previously stored to the U.S.


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The GDPR applies to all companies based in the EU and those with EU citizens as customers. It has an extraterritorial effect, so non-EU countries are also affected.

Even though the UK is planning to leave the EU, it has been said by various sources that the UK will still need to comply with the GDPR.

One reason for this is the cross-over period between the GDPR coming into force and the UK exiting the EU.

The Guardian reported that Google decided to move its British users out of Irish jurisdiction because it is unclear whether Britain will follow GDPR or adopt other rules that could affect the handling of user data.

If British Google users have their data kept in Ireland, it would be more difficult for British authorities to recover it in criminal investigations, according to the report.

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