Now the French data protection regulator, Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), has written to Google on behalf of the Article 29 working Group with 69 questions, trying to make sense of what the policy means for consumers. As the table to the right shows, even seasoned privacy lawyers have struggled to make sense of the policy and how it will impact on user privacy. The table to the right summarises their concerns, with an awful lot of question marks demonstrating just how unclear the impact of the new policy is.
The letter also notes how their questions “also highlight the difficulties end users may face when trying to understand how Google uses their data.”
Google’s new policy is a serious test for consumer protection in the complex and confusing world of online privacy policies. Big Brother Watch will continue to call for clear policies and robust consumer protection against those who seek to profit from the exploitation of our personal information and behavior.
If a team of lawyers working for several weeks still can’t make sense of what the policy means, what hope do the rest of us have?!