Google is aiming to move its British users’ accounts out of the jurisdiction of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. control instead, the tech giant confirmed Wednesday.
The move, urged by Britain’s exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal data of thousands with less protection and within simpler reach of British law enforcement.
Alphabet’s Google aims to require its British users to acknowledge new terms of service together with the new jurisdiction, in response to folks acquainted with the plans.
Eire, the place Google and different U.S. tech corporations have their European headquarters, is staying within the EU, which has one of many world’s most aggressive data protection guidelines, the General Data Safety Regulation.
Google has determined to maneuver its British customers out of Irish control because it’s unclear whether Britain will comply with GDPR or adopt different guidelines that might have an effect on the handling of user information, the people stated.
The recent Cloud Act in the U.S., nonetheless, is anticipated to make it easier for British authorities to obtain information from U.S. corporations. Britain and the U.S. are on track to negotiate a broader trade settlement.
Beyond that, the US has among the weakest privacy protections of any main economy, with no broad legislation despite years of advocacy by consumer protection organizations.