updated 05:40 pm EST, Thu February 23, 2012
Demand answers by February 29
Reaction from governmental regulatory agencies worldwide was largely negative. Almost immediately after Google announced the new policy, US lawmakers sent a letter to Google asking pointed questions about it, including the ability of consumers to easily opt out. Google did respond, but in the eyes of legislators, including California representative Mary Bono Mack, the answers were not "very forthcoming."
In early February, the European Union (EU) sent a letter to Google asking it to hold off on implementing the new policy. The company declined and said it still planned to roll out the new policy as of March 1.
The Attorneys general, in their letter that was sent to Google yesterday, expressed concern that Google's consolidated personal data profiles could become a target for hackers and privacy thieves. The lawyers also were worried that Android smartphone users were left will few options. If they did not agree to Google's new terms, then they would be forced to continuously and repeatedly log-in to use their phones' full functionality.
The states and territories that jointly sent the letter to Google were Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, the Virgin Islands, and Washington. [via The Verge]