French privacy watchdog CNIL is press Google on privacy changes again, several months after it called on the company to give users more control.
As you may know, Google consolidated a slew of its various privacy policies last year into one core policy, which enables it to share data from one of its products to the next.
After several months of investigation by the CNIL, the authorities of European data protection issued on 16 October 2012, their joint conclusions on the new rules Google’s privacy. They recommended a clearer information and better control people by users of the combination of data between the various services offered by Google. Finally, Google said they wanted the retention periods of data. At the expiration of four months allowed Google to come into compliance and commit to the implementation of these recommendations, no response has been provided by the company.
On 18 February, the European authorities find that Google does not give a precise answer and operational recommendations. Under these circumstances, they are determined to act and pursue their investigations. They propose the establishment of a working group, led by the CNIL, to coordinate their enforcement action, which should take place before the summer.
The action plan envisaged by the authorities at a meeting held in Paris in late January, will be submitted for validation G29 – the group of European CNIL – on the occasion of the Plenary on 26 February.
TechCrunch shares the following statement from Google:
Even while Google continues to fight backlash over its policy, which has been in effect for nearly a year, the company continues to work on getting more up close and personal with users, and may even be working on ways to make your actual life searchable.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is still trying to “educate” people about Google’s privacy practices that have been around for nearly a decade, when it comes to Gmail.