Google Privacy Policy Worries EU Officials


BRUSSELS (UPI) — Google’s new privacy policy may violate the European Union’s data protection laws, France’s data regulation body says.

The French regulator, Commission Nationale de L’informatique et Des Libertes, said the policy set to go into effect March 1 as Google unifies 60 different privacy policies across its products fails to meet the needs of the European Data Protection Directive.

EU regulators have been urging a “pause” in the policy’s implementation so they could analyze the changes.

“The CNIL and the EU data protection authorities regret that Google did not accept to delay the application of this new policy which raises legitimate concerns about the protection of the personal data of European citizens,” The Article 29 Working Party — an advisory body that includes representatives from all EU data protection authorities — said in a statement.

The French regulator said it was “deeply concerned about the combination of data across services and will continue their investigations with Google’s representatives,” the BBC reported Tuesday.


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