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Google Responds to European Regulators

ONLINE PRIVACY—EUROPE

February 6, 2012

Google has responded to European data protection regulators regarding their concerns about the company's plans to implement privacy policy changes on March 1. In a letter dated Friday, February 3, Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer addressed Article 29 Working Party Chairman Jacob Kohnstamm, stating, "Given the misconceptions that have been spread about these changes by some of our competitors, we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify a few points." Fleischer said the company updated its privacy policies to "make them simpler and more understandable" and "to create a better user experience." Last week France's data protection agency, CNIL, asked Google to halt the policy changes.
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