Google posed 69 privacy questions by EU

European regulators have quizzed Google over its updated privacy policy as part of an effort to gauge whether Google's sharing of user information across all of its services breaks European data protection rules.French regulator the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) sent Google 69 questions in a letter (PDF) on Friday, CNIL said in a statement on Monday.

European regulators have quizzed Google over its updated privacy policy as part of an effort to gauge whether Google's sharing of user information across all of its services breaks European data protection rules. French regulator the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) sent Google 69 questions in a letter (PDF) on Friday, CNIL said in a statement on Monday. Questions include the number of complaints Google has received about the policy, and about whether the lack of an opt-out mechanism constitutes a reduction of users' rights.

CNIL, which is acting on behalf of a group of European data watchdogs, has given the search and advertising company until 5 April to respond to the probe.

Google said that it had received the CNIL letter in a statement on Monday.

"We have received the letter from the CNIL and we will respond in due course," said the company. "We are confident that our new simple, clear and transparent privacy policy respects all European data protection laws and principles."

Google said the policy "provides all the information required in Articles 10 & 11" of the European Data Protection Directive, and "it follows the guidelines published by the Article 29 Working Party in 2004." The guidelines (PDF) concern "more harmonised information provisions" for implementing the directive.

Google updated its policy on 1 March despite requests from European data authorities to postpone its implementation. People cannot opt out of having their data shared across Google services to target advertising, leading campaigner Alex Hanff to seek compensation.

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