French revolting over Google's privacy policy

The French have revolted against Google’s new privacy rules and have launched an inquiry into their application.

According to Reuters, France’s data protection watchdog thinks the new privacy rules are dodgier than an entire cookbook of English cuisine and wonders if they breach European laws.

The CNIL regulator has written a stiff letter to Google saying that it will lead a European-wide investigation of the web giant’s latest policy and would send it questions by mid-March.

At the beginning of the year, Google said it was simplifying its privacy policy, consolidating 60 guidelines into a single one that will apply for all of its services, including YouTube, Gmail and its social network Google+.

However, it added that it plans to pool data it collects on individual users across its services, allowing it to better tailor search results and improve service. Users cannot opt out of the new policy if they want to continue using Google’s services.

The French regulator said that CNIL and EU data authorities are “deeply concerned” about the combination of personal data across services and have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing, and its compliance with European data protection legislation.

Google planned to put the changes into effect in March and has told European regulators to go forth and multiply for asking for a delay.

Writing in its bog, Google said it was happy to answer questions from Europe’s data protection authorities, however privacy policies will change today,