updated 07:03 pm EDT, Mon October 15, 2012
French data regulators say Google policy needs to change
EU regulators are concerned that the combination of personal data on such a scale poses a risk to user privacy. They recommend that Google begin informing users how their personal information and browsing records will be used, with an emphasis on location data and credit card data. They also call for Google to spell out both its data collection methods and its intentions in detail, as well as to ask users for explicit permission to bundle their data together.
Google has not yet commented on the regulators' letter. The search company has likely been aware of regulators' concerns with the policy for some time, as European officials expressed those concerns back in March. The search company maintains, though, that its policies are not in violation of EU law and that they help Google to better target users with relevant search results and advertisements.