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EU to Google: Your privacy policy needs to change

Zack Whittaker
CNet [1]
Oct 17, 2012

European regulators have warned that the scope of Google’s new consolidated privacy policy is “too large” and users must be given greater control over their data.

European data protection and privacy regulators have warned Google that its new privacy policy shows legal “irregularities” and may not be “in compliance” with European law.

Speaking at a press conference in Paris, representatives from the French data protection authority charged with the investigation, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL), said that users were locked in to Google’s new rules and must be given the choice to opt-out of the controversial privacy policy.

The regulators warned Google that the scope of its new privacy policy is “too wide,” and the firm should give users greater control of their own data.

The CNIL, known within privacy and data protection circles as an aggressive and determined agency, also published a dozen “recommendations.” Members of the Article 29 Working Party, a group of data protection officials from each member states, said the 27 European authorities have “unanimously adopted the findings of the audit.”

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