Google's New Privacy Policy Gets Heat Worldwide

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Google's new privacy policy has proved pretty unpopular with state attorneys general at home, and now a French regulator says it might just violate privacy rules in the European Union, and it's also running afoul of Korean guidelines.

The new policy, set to go into effect on Thursday, covers every Google product including those on mobile devices, and it has regulators freaked out around the world. The French CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés ) "said Google's explanation of how it will use the data was too vague and difficult to understand 'even for trained privacy professionals,' " the Associated Press reported. In the United States, attorneys general sent a letter to the company complaining that the privacy policy was too wide-ranging and hard to escape. "Google's new privacy policy goes against a respect for privacy that Google has carefully cultivated as a way to attract consumers. It rings hollow to call [the ability of users] to exit the Google products ecosystem a 'choice' in an Internet economy where the clear majority of all Internet users use -- and frequently rely on - at least one Google product on a regular basis," they wrote, according to PC World. In South Korea, the Korea Communications Commission sent a letter to Google Korea, ordering it to change its policy to comply with Korean regulations, AFP reports. But Google hasn't announced any plans to curb or stop the implementation of its policy, so get ready for a lot of even more annoyed regulators.

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