Jul 122012
 July 12, 2012  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S.

Fran Carter reports:

France’s data-protection authority says that Google Inc ‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) privacy report is due in September and will report to other European regulators.

According to Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, head of the agency, Google’s responses to the regulator’s second round of questions were delayed by around two weeks and the company’s responses to initial queries weren’t entirely satisfactory. Google filed its response to the regulator’s second round of queries on June 21.

Additionally, Falque-Pierrotin in a press conference for the release of the agency’s annual report said that they have been engaged in extremely close discussions with Google on privacy policies and the company’s privacy protections are the key subject for European data protection authorities.

The agencies, known collectively as the Article 29 Working Group, asked CNIL, or the National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties, to review Google’s policy changes after the company in January announced an overhaul to comply with European standards.

Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel, in a cover letter said that the company’s new simple, easy-to-read Privacy Policy is supplemented by a vast array of contextual, in-product privacy notices” and is “in compliance with European data protection principles.

As part of his letter, Fleischer asked Falque-Pierrotin to identify the law she was applying to this review, and the nature of the legal basis for any recommendations or conclusions that she may arrive at.

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