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Even ‘Trained Professionals’ Don’t Know What Google Has On You

Google doesn't want to confuse you, that's all

google Even Trained Professionals Dont Know What Google Has On YouGoogle 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:

We Attorneys General are also concerned that Googleā€™s new privacy policy goes against a respect for privacy that Google has carefully cultivated as a way to attract consumers. Google boasts that it puts a premium on offering users “meaningful and fine-grained choices over the use of their personal information,” developing its products and services in ways that prevent personalĀ information from being “held hostage.” It has made these and other privacy-respecting representations repeatedly over the years, and many consumers have chosen to use Google products over other products because of these representations. Now these same consumers are having their personal information “held hostage” within the Google ecosystem.

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.

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