Consumer Watchdog Praises EU Data Commissioners For Rebuking Google For Merged Privacy Policy

Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Consumer Watchdog Praises EU Data Commissioners For Rebuking Google For Merged Privacy Policy

    Calls on Federal Trade Commission To Protect U.S. Consumers

    SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the European data commissioners for rebuking Google’s unilateral merging of privacy policies and data across its various product lines and called on the Federal Trade Commission to act to protect U.S. consumers.

    “Google acted in complete disregard for legitimate privacy concerns,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director. “I am glad that the European Union is calling out their abuses, but am disappointed that American consumers must look across the Atlantic to see privacy rights defended. The FTC should move on this as well.”

    Last January Google announced it would, effective last March 1, combine data gathered through different services that it had previously kept separate, without letting consumers agree to the new data uses. At the time Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Article 29 Working Party, an association of the data commissioners from the European Union, wrote Google CEO Larry Page seeking to postpone the changes, while they studied their impact. Google refused and implemented the changes March 1.

    The French data protection authority, the CNIL, was charged by the Working Party with determining if the law was broken. Meanwhile, in the United States 36 states attorneys general also expressed concerns about the changes.

    Today European data protection authorities told Google to clarify the new privacy policy and make it easier for users to opt out of it because of concerns that the Internet giant is collecting too much data and holding it for too long.

    CNIL said Google would have three

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    or four months to comply with the data authorities’ recommendations. The company would likely face fines if they do not.

    Google’s initial reaction was to stiff the regulators:

    “Our new privacy policy demonstrates our long-standing commitment to protecting our users’ information and creating great products. We are confident that our privacy notices respect European law,” Peter Fleischer, global privacy counsel at Google, said in a statement.

    “Google’s Orwellian response demonstrates the Internet giant’s arrogance. Google executives believe they always know what’s best for everybody and see no need to listen to regulators,” said Simpson. “This approach will come back to haunt them.”

    CNIL outlined three main concerns about the new privacy policy:

    — It’s not clear enough in explaining to users what data is collected and how it will be used.

    — It’s too difficult for users to opt out of data collection and combination.

    — Google doesn’t make clear how long it will retain data.


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