The French data protection authority says that Google's new policy violates EU data protection law
BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, February 29 2012
Its application, though, may turn controversial especially in Europe: the French data protection authority (called CNIL) has analyzed the policy and declared that it violates the European Union data protection law. That law is called the European Data Protection Directive.
On their website, the organization writes:
The CNIL and the EU data protection authorities regret that Google did not accept to delay the application of this new policy which raises legitimate concerns about the protection of the personal data of European citizens.
As the New York Times reported in February, the French organization was asked to conduct the investigation by request of the Article 29 Working Party, a body comprising representatives from the data protection authority of each EU member state, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. Article 29 has no enforcement powers.