France Says Google Privacy Plan Likely Violates European Law

The French data protection authority said Tuesday that Google’s new privacy policy appeared to violate European Union law, raising the stakes in a showdown with the company only days before it planned to put the new system into effect.Google announced the new policy last month, billing it as a way to streamline and simplify the privacy practices it employed worldwide across about 60 different online services, and to introduce greater clarity for users. see:Google ‘fails to meet EU rules’ on new privacy policy
Google’s new privacy policy may violate the European Union’s data protection laws, according to the French data regulator.The search giant plans to unify 60 different privacy policies across its products from 1 March.But EU regulators had urged a “pause” so they could analyse the changes.’s new privacy policy breaches European law, say data regulators [IDG]
Google’s new privacy policy does not comply with European data protection law, and the company should delay its introduction pending an investigation of the changes, the French data privacy regulator told Google CEO Larry Page in a letter on Monday. But the company said once again that it will press ahead with the new policy, set to go live on Thursday.The French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) wrote to Page to express the concerns of the Article 29 Working Group, an umbrella body for data protection regulators from European Union member states. joins Google+ dispute in EU – sources
Microsoft and several other firms have complained to EU antitrust regulators about Google’s social networking tool, two people familiar with the matter said, in a move that may prompt the EU to broaden its ongoing investigation into Google.The complaint by Microsoft underlines the mounting rivalry between the two companies.

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