Google have launched a new site to help its customers and partners understand what steps the company is taking to comply with the forthcoming European Union General Data Protection Regulations that will come into force on May 25, 2018. The new website explains how its products and services now comply with all of the new requirements of the regulations which require any company in the world (not just the European Union) to apply particular privacy and security controls to ensure that it is kept safe. Additionally, the new General Data Protection Regulations are designed to ensure that citizens of the European Union have more control over their data. The website states:
“We are working hard to prepare for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Keeping users’ information safe and secure is among our highest priorities at Google. Over the years, we have spent a lot of time working closely with Data Protection Authorities in Europe, and we have already implemented strong privacy protections that reflect their guidance. We are committed to complying with the new legislation and will collaborate with partners throughout this process.
“Where we act as a processor of personal data, we will update our agreements to reflect the obligations of controllers and processors and offer data-processing agreements where required in time for May 2018, including for Google Analytics Suite, DoubleClick Digital Marketing (including DCLK Bid Manager, DCLK Campaign Manager, DCLK Search), Google Cloud Platform, and G Suite products.
“We are well placed to meet the security requirements of the GDPR. Our services are backed by robust, state-of-the-art technical and organizational safeguards, dedicated security and privacy teams, and our program is reviewed annually by third-party auditors.”
As one of the largest internet and cloud services in the world, there is a huge amount at stake for Google in ensuring that its services are compliant with GDPR. This is why the company has made such a comprehensive effort to show just what it has done to ensure that all of its products and services are compliant.
Despite the size of Google and the calibre of staff that it employs, that does not make it safe from hackers, scammers or any other type of data security breaches or attacks. Earlier this year, Google was named, along with Facebook as victims of a $100 million payment scam by Lithuanian Evaldas Ramasauskas. The company did however stop the fraud and recouped all monies lost according to a spokesperson. “We detected this fraud against our vendor management team and promptly alerted the authorities. We recouped the funds and we’re pleased this matter is resolved.”