Google’s decision to shift control of UK user data to the US looks like a calculated political bet that Brexit will be a privacy disaster

Written by Isobel Asher Hamilton on Business Insider.

“UK users remain protected by Europe’s strict privacy rules for now, even if their data is legally controlled by a US entity. It does, however, raise the specter of reduced privacy in future if a post-Brexit UK alters its laws to become less privacy-oriented.”

“That political context is critical to understanding Google’s decision. This is not the action of a company which believes the UK will secure an adequacy agreement or intends to continue aligning itself with the European data protection framework and its user rights. They are moving fast on that belief, and it’s safe to say they are not engaging in this work out of a concern for UK citizens’ human rights,” said [Heather] Burns.

“Google mentioning law enforcement at all in the Reuters announcement was a bit of a red herring, in other words, to distract from the everyday user data at stake,” Burns added.

Every tech policy article needs Heather Burns doing bullshit detection.

Read ‘Google’s decision to shift control of UK user data to the US looks like a calculated political bet that Brexit will be a privacy disaster’ on the Business Insider site.

Tagged with: Google, privacy, Brexit.