Google Cloud Terms Updated for GDPR

Google Cloud Customers can rest assured that there will be no service disruption or any possibility of falling victim to the hefty penalties of the new GDPR law when it comes into force on May 25 2018.

Google is committed to taking all the necessary steps and actions to ensure that requirements of the new regulations are satisfied across G Suite and Google Cloud Platform. In addition, it prioritizes the interests of its customers and remains committed to helping them with preparations to become GDPR compliant. As part of that mission, Google Cloud provides its consumers with high privacy and security safeguards incorporated into their services and contracts.

Google falls into the category of data processing companies. As such, it processes personal data as demanded by the data controllers using Google Cloud Platform or G Suite. Recently, the company launched Data Processing amendments (Version 2) for G Suite in readiness for GDPR. It also rolled out Data Processing and Security Terms (Version 2) for Google Cloud Platform. The two terms have been updated to mirror the EU regulations. The company intentionally designed this to provide the terms well before the effective date of the GDPR to empower its customers and support their compliance evaluations and GDPR preparations.

The customers who mainly act as data controllers are now at liberty to enter the new GDPR-aligned processing terms through the opt-in process within the admin consoles for G Suite and Google Cloud Platform as appropriate. These new terms are set to come into force from May 25 2018 when the GDPR takes effect.

Data controllers are obligated to use data processors that give sufficient assurance to put into action suitable technical and administrative measures in a style that makes processing compliant with GDPR. Conforming to this obligation, Google has some of the world’s best specialists in information, application and network security. They are responsible for the maintenance of defense systems, construction of security infrastructure, development of security review procedures and implementation of the security policies of the company.

Apart from having data processing agreements that demonstrates their privacy obligations to their consumers, the company keeps evolving its terms not just for its compliance with the impending new EU rules but for the users as well. This explains why it rolled out data processing amendments and data processing and security terms for G suite and Google Cloud Platform respectively.