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CNIL Asks Google To Halt Changes, U.S. Lawmakers Question Company

ONLINE PRIVACY—FRANCE & U.S.

February 3, 2012

France's data protection agency, CNIL, has asked Google to halt changes to its privacy policy, Bloomberg reports. The agency will "check the possible consequences for the protection of personal data" of Europeans given the changes, said Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Article 29 Working Party. "We call for a pause in the interests of ensuring that there can be no misunderstanding about Google's commitments to information rights of their users and EU citizens until we have completed our analysis," said Kohnstamm in a letter to Google's CEO. Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers questioned Google officials yesterday about the recent changes, with Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) indicating she "wasn't satisfied with their answers."
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