Re: We moved our hosts outside the UK
I have seen a lot of trolls come and go in the comments but rarely see genuinely dumb responses like the fool above
I fear it's you who is the fool here. For what I've seen so far of Google, that's EXACTLY what they do.
Take, for instance, their statement that the cookie doesn't contain personal information which is completely irrelevant. That's almost as bad as the BS they put in their mail service explanation that has to explain away that they are in essence running a service that as far as I can tell is fully in breach of privacy laws (actually they already have convictions for that outside Europe, so it's only a matter of time before it hits them in the EU too).
A cookie doesn't have to CONTAIN personal information to violate Data Protection, all it needs to do is to act as a reference to such information which allows to tie together various otherwise separate bits of information.
It's exactly this kind of bullshit that has made me distrust *anything* that Google does. Their preference to serve up large gobs of BS instead of coming right out indicates to me an attitude of "as long as we're getting away with it it's legal" instead of looking what the law actually says.
Which is the point the original OP made.