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Now Google Is Pissing Off the French Authorities

They want answers to their questions, and they want them yesterday.
afe62a8e23 Now Google Is Pissing Off the French Authorities

Ms. Falque-Pierrotin (cnil.fr)

Mere weeks after being slapped with a $25,000 fine from America’s own F.C.C., Google is antagonizing yet another government body with its tight-lipped, unhelpful responses.

All Things D reports that France’s C.N.I.L., the data protection organization investigating the company’s privacy policies on behalf of the EU, is none too pleased with the company right now. Whatever answers Google does provide are often “incomplete or approximate,” and that simply won’t do.

The C.N.I.L. sent Google a questionaire back in March; the company returned the questionaire in April. Representatives from the two organizations have also met in person. And yet, the French still don’t have the information they want. And so now C.N.I.L. head Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin has taken to the Internet with a chiding public letter for CEO Larry Page. She writes: 

“For a large number of questions, the elements provided do not give a precise, clear and comprehensive response to our questions. While in some cases the questions themselves may have been misunderstood or not clearly expressed, many answers merely provide illustrative examples without describing the exact [processes], procedures or systems Google actually operates.”

Oh, and she’s not done yet:

“The fact that Google’s position on personal data processings is still unclear on many points after an in-depth exchange with the CNIL raises additional concerns about Google’s adequate information of its users.”

Translation: The fact we still don’t get how you handle user data leads us to suspect shadiness.

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