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CNIL Reveals Early Analysis Results, Reiterates Call To Halt Policy Changes

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE & U.S.

February 28, 2012

In a letter to Google CEO Larry Page, the French data protection authority (CNIL) says its preliminary investigation indicates that Google's new privacy policy does not meet the requirements of the European Directive on Data Protection. Dated February 27, the letter states that the company should have informed authorities prior to announcing the change, and asks, for a second time, that the company halt its plans for the new policy to take effect March 1. CNIL's preliminary investigation also shows it will be difficult for users--including trained privacy professionals--to decipher how their data is used, the letter states. Meanwhile, advocates have asked the UK's information commissioner to investigate, and U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz recently voiced concerns.
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