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European civil liberties organisations take on Google over privacy

Talks loom on its privacy policy
Thu Feb 28 2013, 14:49
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A POSSE of European civil libertarians is coming together to work out how to get Google to play nice with regional privacy preferences.

The French Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL), or data privacy commission, has had Google in its sights for some time now.

When last it spoke up in mid-February, it said that it was going to set up a working group to deal with the question of why Google has not been able to provide solutions to its problems for four months.

Today it announced that working group's first moves. "In October 2012, the Article 29 Working Party highlighted deficiencies in Google's privacy policy and gave some recommendations to Google on how to address these. To date, considering that Google has not taken any precise measures in response to those recommendations, the requirements of Directive 95/46/EC are still not complied with," it said in a statement.

"Data Protection Authorities] have decided to continue their investigations in close cooperation and to take all necessary actions according to their competences and powers. Significant progress on these actions will be made before summer. A taskforce led by the French DPA (CNIL) will help to coordinate these actions."

Google, which has told us that it has talked to and interacted with the CNIL and made its own proposals for talks that were not accepted, will be invited to a hearing with the working group.

"Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services," it said in a statement. "We have engaged fully with the CNIL throughout this process, and we'll continue to do so going forward."

Google's consolidated privacy policy went live on 1 March 2012. µ


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