Google faces global revolt over privacy changes
EU investigation launched as search giant accused of breaching data protection laws
Google users have two options: agree to the new terms, or close their accounts.
In a letter to Google, the CNIL wrote: "The CNIL and EU data authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of personal data across services.
"They have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing, and its compliance with European data protection legislation."
With all the dynamism one might expect of a government department, the regulator says it will send Google questions on the changes by mid-March.
And it’s not just Europe where Google is facing questions. Last week, attorneys-general from 36 US states wrote to the company to challenge its commitment to consumer privacy – and the idea that users could opt out by ditching their Google accounts.
PC World notes that the AGs draw particular attention to the fact that users of Android smartphones will find it "virtually impossible" to escape the policy without buying a handset powered by a different operating system.
A Google spokesman said in a blog post: "As we've said several times over the past week, while our privacy policies will change on 1 March, our commitment to our privacy principles is as strong as ever." ·