"The CNIL and the EU data protection authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of personal data across services," CNIL President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin wrote in a letter to Google CEO Larry Page on Monday. "They have strong doubt about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing, and about its compliance with European data protection legislation."
In Need of Constructive Feedback
Earlier this month Google rejected the Article 29 Working Party's initial request for a delay. "At no stage did any EU regulator suggest that any sort of pause would be appropriate," Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer wrote in a letter to the Article 29 Working Party.
In the letter Monday, however, CNIL's Falque-Pierrotin denied that Google had taken all the necessary steps to fully consult with European authorities.
"We believe we've found a reasonable balance between the Working Party's recommendations: to 'streamline and simplify' our policies while providing 'comprehensive information' to users," Google said in an e-mail statement.
Falque-Pierrotin welcomed Google's efforts to increase public awareness about the changes. However, she said it was regrettable that Google's new policy only provides users with general information about all the services and types of personal data that are involved. (continued...)