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12:52 pm on Feb 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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E.U. Regulator Tells Google To Pause Privacy Changes [telegraph.co.uk]
In a letter to Google’s chief executive Larry Page, Europe’s ‘Data Protection Working Party’ wrote that “we call for a pause in the interests of ensuring that there can be no misunderstanding about Google's commitments to information rights of their users and EU citizens, until we have completed our analysis”.

The committee gave no indication of how long it would like the pause to be.

A senior source at Google expressed surprise at the move, but noted that there was a month for the committee to examine its concerns. The source also said that while the committee had no legal authority to require any delay, the tone of its letter was significantly less aggressive than those Google has received in the past.

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In other words "get stuffed"
4:09 pm on Feb 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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What did I say, they will have trouble with this big brother thing in Europe.
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Any chance the DOJ will step in too?
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The DOJ should step in too, people's privacy is NOT something that should be managed for maximum profit anymore. No company should have the right to make changes of this scope without oversight when it will potentially impact so many users.

Quite frankly too the days of people openly trusting Google are seemingly over, this privacy update won't help matters.
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I never understand these things - how can a European govt body tell an US incorporated company what to do? Its not like they have operations there that can be punished (yes, Google Ireland, but I assume thats actually a different child company?). What are they going to do? Order ISPs to block Google at the borders? #confused
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@leadegroot: Google operates in many European countries and does business across the continent. Google Ireland is just one of their operations. Google in Switzerland is also a huge operation and I know of Google offices and job postings in other European countries like Germany, France, Poland. Look at the list of countries they have job postings in: [google.pl...]

Either way, if Google wants to do business with the world, they're going to have to follow the laws of the countries they do business in.
9:35 pm on Feb 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Either way, if Google wants to do business with the world, they're going to have to follow the laws of the countries they do business in.

They already know this. Google Books has stricter access permissions for users from non-US IPs. If you want to look at a book published after a certain date*, even if it is unequivocally public domain in your country, you have to go through a proxy.


* It's a specific year, I just don't remember what that year is. The idea is that the author cannot possibly have been alive 50, 70 or 95 years ago so the title must be PD.
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@Andem ah, of course - I had forgotten about Google Switzerland!
 

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