Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Google's controversial new privacy policy breaches data laws, says EU - but search giant is going ahead anyway

Google’s controversial new privacy policy appears to violate European law, EU authorities said in an email to Google CEO Larry Page on Tuesday - just two days before the new guidelines are set to come into force.

CNIL, the French agency in charge of the investigation, said Google’s explanation of how it will use the data was too vague and difficult to understand ‘even for trained privacy professionals.’

The search giant said it intends to go ahead with the change anyway.

‘We have notified over 350 million authenticated Google users and provided highly visible notifications on our home page and in search results for our non-authenticated users,’ Google's privacy chief Peter Fleischer wrote.

‘To pause now would cause a great deal of confusion for users.’ Read More