These questions are a fantastic start to probing what Google is up to and how it intends to use our data. They reflect many of the concerns raised by past and present Google privacy policies and combine that with some excellent investigative work into the minutiae of those policies themselves. They show how various acquisitions in the advertising space (such as DoubleClick, AdMob, AdMeld etc) have been part of a grand plan centered on the accumulation of detailed personal information.
However, although the CNIL rightly made publicly available its letter and questionnaire, it states that it will treat Google’s answers confidentially. It does not even ask for a non-confidential version. This cannot be right. Those answers are in the public interest. Lack of transparency as to its privacy practices is of great concern to many users and this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for a debate based on clear answers to clear questions.
Even if the CNIL does not intend to make the answers publicly available, ICOMP calls on Google to do the right thing and let users know what they are signing up to (figuratively speaking). This is more than just knowing the terms and conditions of doing business with Google, it is about trust.
ICOMP Legal Counsel