From the technological giant point out that with these changes, which will be effective from next January 22, the company seeks to adapt to the requirements of the new general EU data protection regulation, known as GDPR. Thus, they point out that the most important change has to do with the fact that, from now on, Google Ireland, based in Dublin, where the multinational has its European headquarters, will be the service provider and the data controller of the company's users. in Europe, to the detriment of Google LLC, in Mountain View (California), where the firm is headquartered.
After the changes, Google Ireland will be "legally" responsible for the information of all these users and will be responsible for compliance with the applicable privacy laws, including the GDPR by its acronym in English, which came into force on May 25. In practice, it will be translated, for example, that if a Spanish authority requests Google to access data from one or more users of the company by court order, it will be processed from Ireland and not from the US as it has been until now.
Google insists that the change "is innocuous for users because it will not affect how services are provided or how their inquiries or incidents are handled, however, it will surely speed up and simplify the procedures of competent authorities that request, through a procedure valid, data about users of Google services (for example, a court order aimed at identifying a user of Gmail), "They say.
For Borja Adsuara, an expert lawyer in Digital Law and former CEO of Red.es, Google's action makes a lot of sense, because if they offer services in the EU, they must submit to the GDPR and the European control authorities. Something important, if one also takes into account that European legislation is stricter than the US in terms of privacy.
Adsuara says that with the announced changes "Google adapts to the GDPR and submits to the Irish data protection authority, which will act as a leading authority among all European authorities, when there is cross-border treatment affecting several EU countries" . Although he warns that there are some aspects to be confirmed, when the mechanism of cooperation between control authorities is put in place, "because France, for example, has said that it will defend the rights of its citizens and will not transfer its powers to the Irish authority. "
In any case, says this expert, "Spanish users can submit their claims to Google Spain offices and before the Spanish Agency for Data Protection, who will be in charge of coordinating with their counterparts in Ireland. "