In france, a watchdog group called the “National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties”, or CNIL, has pointed out in as statement that Google is preventing users from “knowing how their personal data may be used and from controlling such use.” In a statement, the CNIL alleges that Google has breached the French data protection act of 1978, and demands users have more control over their personal information, and how it’s used.
The CNIL is also careful to point out that the notice “does not aim to substitute for Google to define the concrete measures to be implemented, but rather to make it reach compliance with the legal principles, without hindering either its business model or its innovation ability.”
This isn’t the first time Google has run afoul of the CNIL. In October, we told you about their issue with how Google uses web activity to personalize ads. This new complaint of theirs is along the same line. This time, the CNIL is ready to levy fines if Google hasn’t complied in three months time.
We look forward to seeing a resolution to this, hopefully soon.