Europe Carries Out Fresh Privacy Investigation Against Google

The recent round of investigation raises a question whether the new privacy policy from Google is in conflict with European law. The French official data protection agency is launching an investigation to find out.

According to Reuters, the Paris-based data watchdog CNIL will investigate Google’s new policies across Europe. CNIL sent a letter to Google that stated that the team of regulators will devise questions for the company by mid of March and the search giant has to give satisfactory answer to all questions.

CNIL wrote, “The CNIL and EU data authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of personal data across services. They have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing, and its compliance with European data protection legislation.”

Back in January, the search giant came up with some controversial changes in its privacy policy. Under the new privacy policy, the company brings all of its products, such as YouTube, Gmail and Google+ under one roof.

Furthermore, the search giant announced that it will make use of data collected by non-search products, including Google Docs, to enhance results in Google Search. This means that if you more often share news and photos of the latest sports cars on your Google+ profile, the search giant will now use that data to give you Volkswagen rather than insects when you enter beetle in the search box.

Earlier this month, the search giant repeated its commitment to privacy in one of its blog post. The company says that it will remain open to questions about the changes. Google has also replied to the CNIL in response to their letter.

Google says that the changes are announced to make Google experience smooth, simple, clean and above all user-friendly. The company also says that cross-platform data will not be shared with advertisers at any cost.

Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, Peter Fleischer wrote, ““As we’ve said several times over the past week, while our privacy policies will change on 1st March, our commitment to our privacy principles is as strong as ever.” Despite being European requests to hold off, the search giant is releasing the new privacy policy.

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