Google has started notifying its users in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland about some changes the company is making to how it provides its services.
The first change Google is making is that for users based in the EEA and Switzerland, Google Ireland Limited—based in Dublin, where Google has its European headquarters—will become the “service provider” responsible for most of Google's consumer services, from Search to Gmail to Maps and beyond. These changes will be reflected in Google's general Terms of Service, where the “service provider” that offers these services is currently Google LLC, based in the U.S. Google is also making similar changes in the separate terms for Drive, Play, YouTube, and YouTube Paid Service.
"We’re making the data controller change to facilitate engagement with EU data protection authorities via the GDPR’s “One Stop Shop” mechanism, which was created to ensure consistency of regulatory decisions for companies and EU citizens, "said Anne Rooney, Public Policy Manager, Google Ireland.
These changes do not in any way alter how Google's products work or how the company collects or process user data within its services. Nothing changes about users's current settings.