Eu going through their Privacy Policies with a fine tooth comb
"The CNIL and EU data authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of personal data across services: they have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing, and its compliance with European data protection legislation," the French regulator wrote to Google.
The changes are set to take effect on March 1, and two requests by European regulators to Google to delay it have been rebuffed by the web company. In a Tuesday blog post responding to CNIL's letter, Google said it was happy to answer questions from Europe's data protection authorities.
"As we've said several times over the past week, while our privacy policies will change on 1st March, our commitment to our privacy principles is as strong as ever," the company wrote.
The tussle between Google and European privacy regulators comes at a delicate time for the search giant, whose business model is based on giving away free search, email, and other services while making money by selling user-targeted advertising. It is already the subject of an inquiry by both the EU's competition authority and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission into how the company ranks its search results and whether it favours its own products over rivals. The inquiries are based in part on complaints from French rivals.
Internet users can also ask for their data to be deleted from websites for good, the so-called "right to be forgotten."
Published Date: Mar 01, 2012 10:41 am | Updated Date: Mar 01, 2012 10:41 am