Anne Rooney, Public Policy Manager for Google Ireland, made the announcement in a Google blog post. She explained that the change to the data controller was made to assist with engagement with the data protection authorities in the EU through the GDPR’s ‘One Stop Shop’ system. This system was developed to make sure that regulatory decisions for organizations and EU citizens are consistent. It’s crucial to note that these modifications do not by any means change Google’s products or how user data are collected or processed through the company’s services and products.
The changes will become effective on January 22, 2019. Google said that no feature or operation of its European services will be affected. The amendment means that the Dublin Google office will process the requests for user information from users and law enforcement authorities going forward. Presently, the official service provider for Google Services, which include Drive, Gmail, Play, Maps and YouTube, is established at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin. Furthermore, all work to ensure compliance with the GDPR will be carried out in Dublin.