We reported back in May that French data privacy regulator CNIL
separate privacy policies into one single agreement.
CNIL's conclusions were presented on Tuesday this
week to a press conference in Paris where CNIL's president
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin said the company had "three or four
months" to make the revisions, otherwise "authorities in
several countries can take action against Google".
In a letter to Google which was made public before the press
conference Google has been told it should give clearer information
about what data is being collected and for what purpose. It has
also been told to give users more control over how information is
CNIL has highlighted the following issues which need to be
Google must "reinforce users' consent"
Offer a centralised opt-out tool and allow users to decide
which of Google's services provided data about them
Google should adapt its own tools so that it could limit data
use to authorised purposes
Google has been warned that if it does not take appropriate
action CNIL would "enter a phase of litigation".
Google on the other hand have said that they are confident that
their privacy notices "respect European law" and they are
reviewing CNIL's findings.
It is encouraging to see that regulators are live to and
is a classic example of balancing considerations of protection of
rights and innovation. Larry Page Google's Chief Executive has
said that without the current policy recent Google products would
not be possible including for example the new Android app called
"Google Now". It will be interesting to see what
Google make of CNIL's conclusions and whether the required
changes are made with or without the threatened litigation.
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