Google has gone ahead with its new privacy policyMAR. 01, 2012 FROM BBC NEWS The new privacy policy is rolling out around the world on 1 March Continue reading the main story Related Stories Google 'fails EU privacy rules' Google cookies 'bypassed Safari' Internet company Google has gone ahead with its new privacy policy despite warnings from the EU that it might violate European law. The change means private data collected by one Google 土地買賣service can be shared with its other platforms including YouTube, Gmail and Blogger. Google said the new set-up would enable it to tailor search results better. But data regulators in France have cast doubt on the legality of the move and launched a Europe-wide investigation. Google has merged 60 guidelines for its individual sites into a single policy for all of its services. It means browsing data and web history, which is gathered when a user is signed 永慶房屋in with a Google account, can be shared across all of the websites. Logging out of Google's services will reduce the amount of data stored by the company, although - like many other sites - it will still store anonymous data about web activity. France's privacy watchdog CNIL wrote to Google earlier this week, urging a "pause" in rolling out the revised policy. "The CNIL and EU data authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of personal 住商房屋data across services," the regulator wrote. "They have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing, and its compliance with European data protection legislation." Advertisement Debate: Is privacy row a "storm in a teacup"? The regulator said it would send Google questions on the changes by mid-March. 'Strong as ever' In response, Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said he was happy to answer any concerns 太平洋房屋CNIL had. "As we've said several times over the past week, while our privacy policies will change on 1st March, our commitment to our privacy principles is as strong as ever," Mr Fleischer wrote in a blog post. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Google is putting advertisers' interests before user privacy” End Quote Nick Pickles Big Brother Watch The company rejected the regulator's request to hold off on making the changes. Users 東森房屋are being moved on to the new single policy shortly after midnight on 1 March, local time. Google's business model - the selling of ads targeted on individual user behaviour - relies on collecting browsing information from its visitors. Until today, this information was kept apart between services. This meant a search on, for example, YouTube, would have no significance on what results or advertising you would encounter on another Google site like 21世紀房屋仲介Gmail. The new agreement, which users cannot opt out of unless they stop using Google's services, will mean activity on all of the company's sites will be linked. Advertisement WPP's chief executive, Sir Martin Sorrell, says consumers need the opportunity to 'opt-out' of Google changes Many websites and blogs in the technology community have given guidance for users concerned about how their browsing history will be used. They suggest 有巢氏房屋users can access, and delete, their browsing and search history on the site by logging in to google.com/history. A similar page for YouTube viewing and search history can also be accessed. Users can see which Google services hold data about them by viewing their dashboard. 'Advertiser interests' In preparation for the policy change, Google displayed prominent messages notifying visitors about the plans. A dedicated section was set up to provide 好房網more details. Google argued that combining the policies would make it simpler for users However, campaign group Big Brother Watch has argued that not enough has been done to ensure people are fully aware of the alterations. A poll of more than 2,000 people conducted by the group in conjunction with YouGov suggested 47% of Google users in the UK were not aware policy changes were taking place. Only 12% of British Google users, Big Brother Watch said, had 澎湖民宿read the new agreement. The group's director Nick Pickles said: "If people don't understand what is happening to their personal information, how can they make an informed choice about using a service? "Google is putting advertisers' interests before user privacy and should not be rushing ahead before the public understand what the changes will mean."


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