Google Pay tells Euro users it has ditched UK for Ireland ahead of Brexit

As politicos struggle over deal, firms continue bracing for Britain's departure


Google Pay has this week shifted its service provision for all non-UK users in the European Economic Area from Britain and into Ireland ahead of Brexit.

Up until now, the Google Payments terms of service have been offered by Google Payment Limited, a company incorporated in the UK.

But the ad and search giant this week revealed it had had to change the terms due to the UK's "evolving" relationship with the European Union.

UK residents' payments will continue to be processed in Blighty.

In an email sent to all users in the EEA except those in the UK, and seen by The Register, it said the terms of service would, as of 4 April, be provided by Google Ireland Limited.

Michel Barnier, chief EU Brexit negotiator

UK.gov tells companies to draft contracts for data flows just in case they screw up Brexit

READ MORE

The Dublin-based arm "will take over the processing of your payments and information in accordance with the new terms of service", the email stated.

The move comes as the UK is teetering on the brink of leaving the EU – with or without a deal and on a yet-to-be-decided date – and many businesses are racing to prepare for the departure.

This means mitigating against any potential cliff-edges and ensuring they comply with various regulations, such as those in financial services and data protection if data is transferred from the EU to the UK.

It will also be crucial for businesses that their services continue unhindered after Brexit, and Google's email suggests this is the reason for the switcheroo.

"As the UK's relationship with the EU evolves, we're making changes to the Google Payment Terms of Service so that your services continue to run smoothly," Google's email stated.

"Starting 4th April 2019, these services will be offered by Google Ireland Limited instead of Google Payment Limited.

"Following this transition, you'll still be able to see all of your past transactions at pay.google.com, and Google Ireland Limited will take over the processing of your payments and information in accordance with the new terms of service."

In standard Google fashion, the search giant added that if users didn't want to accept the new terms, "you can close your account at any time" – those who do want to accept them only have to keep using the services.

An eagle-eyed Reg reader told us that a similarly phrased note was originally posted on Google Pay's support page for the relevant nations (this is the Austrian version), but has now gone. Instead it states that "on 04 April 2019, new terms of use come into force".

Those terms don't make a specific reference to Ireland, but do direct to Google's main terms of service and privacy policy pages, which state that products and services for users in the EEA and Switzerland are provided by Google Ireland.

Google last year made its Irish arm the data controller for users of most Google services in the EEA and Switzerland due to the General Data Protection Regulation.

The terms of services statement for UK users, state that Google Pay's services are still provided by Google Payment Limited.

Google didn't provide an on-record response. ®

Similar topics


Other stories you might like

  • Robotics and 5G to spur growth of SoC industry – report
    Big OEMs hogging production and COVID causing supply issues

    The system-on-chip (SoC) side of the semiconductor industry is poised for growth between now and 2026, when it's predicted to be worth $6.85 billion, according to an analyst's report. 

    Chances are good that there's an SoC-powered device within arm's reach of you: the tiny integrated circuits contain everything needed for a basic computer, leading to their proliferation in mobile, IoT and smart devices. 

    The report predicting the growth comes from advisory biz Technavio, which looked at a long list of companies in the SoC market. Vendors it analyzed include Apple, Broadcom, Intel, Nvidia, TSMC, Toshiba, and more. The company predicts that much of the growth between now and 2026 will stem primarily from robotics and 5G. 

    Continue reading
  • Deepfake attacks can easily trick live facial recognition systems online
    Plus: Next PyTorch release will support Apple GPUs so devs can train neural networks on their own laptops

    In brief Miscreants can easily steal someone else's identity by tricking live facial recognition software using deepfakes, according to a new report.

    Sensity AI, a startup focused on tackling identity fraud, carried out a series of pretend attacks. Engineers scanned the image of someone from an ID card, and mapped their likeness onto another person's face. Sensity then tested whether they could breach live facial recognition systems by tricking them into believing the pretend attacker is a real user.

    So-called "liveness tests" try to authenticate identities in real-time, relying on images or video streams from cameras like face recognition used to unlock mobile phones, for example. Nine out of ten vendors failed Sensity's live deepfake attacks.

    Continue reading
  • Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes
    How? Founder tells The Register 'Robots… lots of robots'

    Imagine a future where racks of computer servers hum quietly in darkness below the surface of the Moon.

    Here is where some of the most important data is stored, to be left untouched for as long as can be. The idea sounds like something from science-fiction, but one startup that recently emerged from stealth is trying to turn it into a reality. Lonestar Data Holdings has a unique mission unlike any other cloud provider: to build datacenters on the Moon backing up the world's data.

    "It's inconceivable to me that we are keeping our most precious assets, our knowledge and our data, on Earth, where we're setting off bombs and burning things," Christopher Stott, founder and CEO of Lonestar, told The Register. "We need to put our assets in place off our planet, where we can keep it safe."

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022