Google probed in France over privacy on Android

The National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties, which is an organization in France, better known as CNIL is questioning search giant Google, over its use of cookies in the Android mobile operating system. Specifically, the questioning relates to the nature of the information Google collects using cookies on Android and whether the practice is in violation of European privacy rules. The cookie in question is the 'PREF' cookie and the questions deal with which services of Google utilize that cookie and what information it would collect and why.

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According to Bloomberg, Google has to reply to a list of 69 questions before the 5th of April, which "reflect the need for legal clarifications on your new privacy policy and in particular on the sharing of user data across Google services." These words were written in a letter from CNIL to Google's CEO, Larry Page.


CNIL is reviewing Google's privacy policy on behalf of other European regulators. Google, however is confident that their new and open privacy policy complies with European data protection laws. The company wrote in an e-mail that they received the letter from CNIL on the 16th of March and would respond in due time. The questions did not mention Safari, Apple's browser, on which Google planted cookies, violating Apple's software policy settings. Google is being questioned in the United States for deceiving consumers by planting these cookies in Safari.


Published Date: Mar 20, 2012 10:40 am | Updated Date: Mar 20, 2012 10:40 am