By Pete Barlas, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
The Web's leading search company drew fire early Thursday from Consumer Watchdog, which called the plan to offer a unified privacy covering all of Google (GOOG) Web products nothing more than "a spy policy."
France's data protection watchdog, the CNIL, doubts the legality of the policy and informed Google it would lead a European-wide investigation into this, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told Reuters on Thursday. Reding said authorities 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."
It's hard to say whether you, the user, should be concerned at all with the new policy, as PC Magazine points out . Lots of factors involved.
Google makes nearly all of its revenue from ads with most coming from text-based ads strategically placed near search results.
The company says the new policy doesn't provide another avenue for collecting data on users that can be fed to advertisers.
"The new policy doesn't change any existing privacy settings or how any personal information is shared outside of Google. We aren't collecting any new or additional information about users. We won't be selling your personal data. And we will continue to employ industry-leading security to keep your information safe," Whitten wrote.
Google and Europe have been fighting over this issue for awhile, as we've reported.
Google shares were flat in early trading.
2/27/2015News ReleaseSANTA MONICA, CA – The proposed Privacy Bill of Rights Act released by the White House today fails to adequately protect... More >
3/3/2015News Release14 Consumer Groups Outline Shortcomings In White House Privacy Legislation; Letter To President Pledges To Work With Administration, Congress To Craft Strong BillSANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today joined 13 other public interest groups in a letter to President Obama outlining... More >
3/5/2015News ReleaseSANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today backed the Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act, saying the... More >
3/2/2015News StoryThree years after it first proposed such a move the White House has introduced a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (CPBR)... More >
2/27/2015News StoryThe Obama administration released a draft of new data privacy legislation on Friday, renewing a debate over how to regulate... More >