Google is prepping its mass merge of 60 privacy policies, which will change user terms of service–and the French are nervous about it. C.N.I.L., a French watchdog group charged with protecting data security, has requested the search behemoth hold off. In a letter to Google C.N.I.L. states that it welcomes Google’s “large campaign to inform its users” about the policy change, adding that the “initiative is very useful to increase internet users’ awareness of privacy online. “
After analyzing Google’s plan, however, C.N.I.L. has some concerns:
Indeed, our preliminary analysis shos that Google’s new policy does not meet the requirements of the European Directive on Data protection [...] especially regarding the information provided to data subjects.
The “data subjects” being Googles vast, worldwide user base. Everyone, basically.
C.N.I.L. is not the only body voicing concerns. As The Register reports, the U.S. National Association of Attorneys General notified Google a week ago of its own concerns, accusing Google of talking out of both sides of its data-gobbling maw:
At the moment Google still plans to make the policy change, the company’s European counsel telling C.N.I.L. that to pause the process now “would cause a great deal of confusion for users.”
Because 60 different policies were so straightforward.