The announcement was released in a company blog post by Anne Rooney, Public Policy Manager for Google Ireland which read: “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 will be implemented on January 22, 2019. Google does not think that there will be an impact any features or operation of its services in Europe. The amendments mean requests for user data from consumers or law enforcement officials will be completed by the Dublin Google office from here on in. Currently the official service provider for Google Services including Drive, Play, Gmail, Maps and YouTube is located in Dublin at Google’s European headquarters. Along with this, all work to ensure compliance with the GDPR will be completed in Dublin.
However, Rooney ended her blog post with a proviso that stated: “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.”