Google will be moving all UK user data to data centres in the United States from the 31st March 2020
Ricci Wilding, Smartdesc’s Information Governance and Security Officer, shares some key facts you need to know;
On March 31st 2020, Google Ireland will transfer ALL UK user data over to Google LLC (Their US company).
All UK users will automatically be opted-in to this transfer of data from the UK to the US. The move will include all personal mailboxes, personal information associated with Google and any company data such as Google Docs etc.
What’s the impact in relation to GDPR
The move of the data from the UK to the US is significant, as the US has far weaker privacy controls in place than the EU. Therefore, individuals may not be guaranteed the protections of the GDPR. Another potential issue is that the US government can gain access to any information within their jurisdiction.
For organisations who are processing personal information using Google, they may be obligated to inform any individuals whose personal information will be transferred to the United States from the 31st March 2020.
Microsoft Office stores information in both the UK and the EU and it is worth considering moving from Google to Microsoft Office.
Contact us to arrange some time with one of our team to talk through any questions you may have.
Ricci Wilding, Information Governance & Security Officer, Smartdesc.