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Google users in UK to lose GDPR protection

By Yana Berman

British accounts will be moved out of the control of EU regulators

0'>Google will move British users’ accounts out of the control of EU privacy regulators and place them under US control instead, according to a Reuters report.

As Britain leaves the EU, its citizens will lose the sensitive personal information protection granted by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into effect in 2018.

As Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter, Google is preparing to require its British users to acknowledge new terms of service, including the new jurisdiction.

The decision was taken as Google was unsure whether Britain would keep the intense GDPR protection or introduce the new rules that could affect the handling of users’ data.

Google’s representative told Reuters that the corporation’s approach to privacy, including how they collect or process data, and how they respond to law enforcement demands, will not change.

The EU headquarters of the US tech giant is currently located in Ireland. However, if Google had chosen this jurisdiction instead of the US it would have been much harder for British authorities to recover it in criminal investigations.

Meanwhile, the US government has recently passed the Cloud Act dedicated to access to data by foreign governments. It is expected that it will be easier for the UK to obtain data from US companies. Moreover, the two countries are now actively discussing a broader trade agreement.

In 2020, other major US companies will face a similar issue. 0'>Facebook, 0'>Amazon, and others will have to decide which privacy rules they should respect with regards to British citizens.

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