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What Google’s new post-Brexit data plans could mean for your privacy

The uncertainties Brexit has created around data privacy may not be resolved for some time—but there are still things you can do

By Tola Onanuga  

There can be no doubt that Brexit is responsible for Google’s decision. Will other companies follow suit? Photo: Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA

Last week, Google announced plans to move UK user data out of Irish jurisdiction and place it under control of US regulators. The announcement was somewhat buried in an email sent to Google’s UK users informing them of the company’s updated terms of service. But what are the long-term implications of such a move—and what does it mean for the rights of UK residents in post-Brexit Britain?

There can be no doubt that Brexit is responsible for Google’s decision. Google’s statement informs British users they will be served by the US-based Google LLC instead of Google Ireland. According to the Guardian, it is understood that…

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