EU to tell Google to unravel its privacy policy

October 15, 2012
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    On Tuesday, Google will get the official word regarding the EU’s findings on the changes Google introduced to their European in March.

    Despite warnings from the EU that the changes Google made to its privacy policy may violate data protection laws, the company still hasn’t indicated that it plans to modify its privacy policy. On Tuesday, the French data protection commissioner CNIL will hold a press conference announcing the results of its discussions with the data protection commissioners of other countries.

    Is Google Violating EU Law?

    When Google first made the changes to its privacy, the company said that it was certain that the new policy obeyed  “all European data protection laws and principles.” Because users were unable to opt out of the changes to the privacy policy, the EU states that Google was in breach of the law when they introduced the changes. Now the CNIL will tell Google to undo these changes, effectively returning Google’s European privacy policies to the state they were in before March.

    Google has yet to comment on the upcoming CNIL press conference, but has said “We are confident that our privacy notices respect the requirements of European data protection laws.”

    Some have said that it would be difficult for Google to unravel its single privacy policy back into separate policies for each service. While this may be true, Microsoft faced a similar situation regarding the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows, something  that they were, in fact, able to undo.

    What Could This Mean For Google’s Future?

    Depending on the outcome of this situation, Google may find itself battling similar issues throughout the world. With the FTC moving closer to an antitrust case against Google and the company facing similar actions in Europe, they want to tread carefully to ignore igniting any more legal wildfires.

    What do you think of the EU demanding that Google roll back its privacy policy changes? Do you think this is a victory for consumers? Or do you think that users aren’t affected much by the current privacy policy?

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    Comments

    • James Nixon Steel

      I like that all my google products are unified! Stop being mean to googles

    • aholsteinson

      The whole antitrust thing is a bunch of nonsense imo. It is now that they are doing it to Google and it was back then when they did it to Microsoft. The FTC and like organizations simply like to punish and undermine successful corporations for being successful.

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