updated 11:00 am EST, Thu March 1, 2012
Google unified policies may run afoul of EU rules
Despite having initially complimented Google, Reding believed that Google wouldn't have even been able to propose its new privacy approach under new data protection rules that had appeared just a day after Google's notice. Under the EU terms, users have to be clearly told what will happen to their data.
The EU hadn't been consulted, Reding added. Google may have antagonized the Commission after it refused to freeze its policy implementation to verify whether it was legal under EU laws.
Google has argued that its new approach, which consolidates 60 of its 70 total policies into one. While meant to give users an easier-to-understand notion of what they're agreeing to, concerns have existed that it was takign control out of users' hands and sharing information in one service with another while not giving consent. Google has said control remains for individual services, but its approach is still mostly all-or-nothing and makes it difficult to only agree to use for one service. [via Reuters]