Google Cloud inks new contract with Dutch Government

Google Cloud announced its new agreement with the Central Dutch Government to enable the Dutch public sector to use Google Workspace offerings.
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This new agreement, which follows the Google Workspace for Education agreement signed last year, will also help facilitate multi-cloud adoption for Central Dutch public sector entities, such as government departments.

The intent of the new agreement is to make it easier and more efficient for Central Dutch public sector entities to use Google Workspace tools under preset negotiated terms. Organizations can use a range of technologies ― including tools such as Chat, Docs, Meet and Sheets ― bringing better digital services to Dutch citizens and supporting new hybrid-working environments.

In 2020, the Central Dutch Government started a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) on Google Workspace, and Dutch education sector representatives started a DPIA on Google Workspace for Education, a standard step when such institutions are looking to purchase certain new technologies.

DPIAs help organizations better understand how companies process and protect personal data and define parameters for GDPR compliance. As a result of this process, the Central Dutch Government, the Dutch education sector organizations / institutions and Google Cloud found agreement and will continue working together on the DPIA recommendations.

“We’ve designed Google Workspace products and solutions, including Google Workspace for Education, to secure and protect the privacy of our customers’ data. Our tools will empower the Dutch public sector, while adhering to strict security and privacy requirements,” said Joris Schoonis, managing director Benelux, Google Cloud in a news statement.