Google opens German centre to improve data privacy

Google has revealed plans to open an engineering centre in Munich as part of the tech giant’s bid to take data privacy more seriously. 

The popular search engine says the new privacy-focused hub, to be built in Munich, should help the company strengthen its data protection credentials as the global demand for higher data privacy standards continues to grow.

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai recently revealed that the Silicon Valley stalwart will be expanding its operations in the Bavarian capital. Mr Pichai also explained Google’s plans to double the size of its privacy engineer workforce there, with the total number of personnel set to exceed 200 by the end of this year.

In a blog post, Mr Pichai built upon the news by describing how Googles Safety Engineer Centre will transform Munich’s offering as a world hub for the tech giant’s “cross-product privacy engineering efforts”.

Google showed of a new suite of privacy tools to the world earlier this month, which users can employ to enhance control with regards to internet tracking. The products’ unveiling falls within a wider drive on the part of big tech to answer criticisms of the way they collect, store and use consumer data.

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