ways and use the fat new digital dossiers to sell more ads. They’re telling you how they plan to spy on you. It’s a spy policy.”
A coalition of European and US consumer advocacy groups made a last-ditch appeal to Internet search and advertising giant Google on Wednesday to delay the changes. In a joint letter to Google chief executive Larry Page, the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue urged Google to delay implementation of the changes, saying it would “combine data from all of your services… into a single profile without user consent and without any meaningful opportunity for users to opt-out.”
The French consumer data protection agency CNIL warned this week that Google may be in violation of European privacy norms. “The CNIL and the EU data protection authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of personal data across services: They have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing,” a letter from the French agency said. US Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz has said Google is forcing users to make a “brutal choice” — ending its use of the service or complying with the new monitoring scheme.
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