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Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL1807, tabled on 24 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Google's decision to move all data about UK users of its services to the US.

Answered on

3 March 2020

Google has announced that it is updating its Terms of Service for UK customers so that Google US, rather than Google Ireland, will now be the service provider and the data controller responsible for UK users’ information.

Data rights laws in the UK will continue to apply to Google's treatment of personal data of UK users, whether UK users are served from Ireland or the US. Google has confirmed that it will continue to apply the GDPR standard of protection for UK users, with no change in its approach to privacy, including how it collects and processes UK users’ information. The UK is committed to high data protection standards and we are confident that data protection laws in the UK provide appropriate protection for users in the UK.