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Google's change of legal control for data and user accounts of its UK users

(6 March 2020)

You may be aware Google recently announced that the legal control for data and user accounts of its UK users are being moved from the EU to the US, raising concerns regarding the protective jurisdiction of GDPR. Please be aware that use of Google or other third party email services for University business is likely a breach of University policies. 


In order to help protect personal data for which the University is responsible the University provides facilities including services such as SharePoint, OneDrive, Personal Research Storage and Shared Research Storage and University email systems (Microsoft Office 365). 

If you would like further guidance on management of personal data, please see the University’s Information Governance web guidance at or for technical assistance please contact the Service Desk.

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