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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.
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.