Google Cloud and Common Privacy Principles

Our shared responsibility for privacy compliance

Our Joint Privacy Journey

While direct responsibilities change based on the services you use, privacy controls are always in your hands and Google is always responsible for protecting our infrastructure. We strive to operate in a shared-fate model for privacy and security management. We believe in actively partnering to help you deploy workloads and operate in a privacy-compliant manner, providing you with products & solutions. This also shifts a portion of the cost of privacy and compliance onto Google Cloud and away from customers.

Data Controllers and Data Processors

Under many common privacy regulations, the extent of responsibility is determined by whether the entity is acting as a data controller vs. a data processor. The exact definition varies by regulation but broadly speaking, the controller role determines the purpose and means of processing, while the processor performs processing according to controller's instructions.

This page describes some of the common privacy principles applicable to customers (typically, acting as data controllers) and Google Cloud (most commonly, as a data processor).

Key Common Privacy Principles for Data Controllers

The following privacy principles are relevant to conduct of data controllers that place their data into the cloud, and apply to many jurisdictions around the world. These principles are grounded in globally recognized standards and frameworks (such as OECD Privacy Principles, Fair Information Privacy Principles, ISO/IEC 27001, etc.) and  major regional regulations (such as LGPD, GDPR, CPRA, etc).

To learn more about how Google Cloud can help you meet your obligations with these principles, check out our Relevant Products page.

Key Common Privacy Principles for Data Processors

The following sections describe Google Cloud's adherence to common privacy principles applicable to data processors

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