The announcement was made in a company blog post by Anne Rooney, Public Policy Manager for Google Ireland which stated: “We’re making the data controller change to facilitate engagement with EU data protection authorities via the GDPR’s ‘One Stop Shop’ mechanism, which was created to ensure consistency of regulatory decisions for companies and EU citizens. It’s important to note these changes do not in any way alter how our products work or how we collect or process user data within our services.”
The update is due to be put into place on January 22, 2019. Google does not believe that there will be an affect any features or operation of its services in Europe. The change means requests for user data from consumers or law enforcement officials will be processed by the Dublin Google office going forward. At present the official service provider for Google Services including Drive, Play, Gmail, Maps and YouTube is based in Dublin at Google’s European headquarters. In addition to this, all work to ensure compliance with the GDPR will be conducted in Dublin.
However, Rooney finished her blog post with a proviso that said: “It’s important to note these changes do not in any way alter how our products work or how we collect or process user data within our services. Nothing changes about your current settings, and you will continue to have granular control over the data you share with us when you use our services. And of course, we remain fully committed to compliance with the GDPR across all of the services we provide in the European Union.”