The French data protection watchdog, CNIL, has also cast doubt on the policy’s legality. They have gone on to inform Google that they will face a European-wide investigation into the policy in the coming months and years.
EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said:
“CNIL have come to the conclusion that they are deeply concerned, and that the new rules are not in accordance with the European law, and that the transparency rules have not been applied.”
Google have set up the new guidelines so that users can opt out of their implementation if they wish. They believe that the new policy, as well as simplifying provisions across their online products, is also well within EU law.
Arguing against the changes, Reding concluded:
“Seventy percent of users rarely, or never, use terms and conditions which very often are written in small print, very complicated, not understandable for the normal user, and users are worried,” she told the BBC.
“Eighty percent of British citizens say they’re concerned about what is going on now.”
Read more on this story (Reuters)
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