October 16, 2012
October 11, 2012
Madame Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin
8, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris FR
In light of Google’s role as a leader in the information economy, I expect it to demonstrate a commitment to strengthening users’ trust and control, and to ensuring compliance with data protection legislation and principles. We share the view that clarity, brevity, and simplified means for users to express their wishes are among the core privacy principles that all organizations need to adopt. We join in your call for Google to commit publicly to the key principles of data protection.
We would also echo another point in your letter to Google. We strongly encourage the company to consult with data protection authorities before it implements any new initiatives or expands any current practices that may impact on the privacy rights of users. Such consultation should not merely be an “information session” in which we learn of new practices, but rather a true dialogue, in which we have time to provide thoughtful feedback before a new service rolls out or before an organization changes its terms of service.
I appreciate being kept informed of your progress to date. Thank you again for the leadership you and the other members of the Article 29 Working Party have shown on this and many other emerging privacy issues.
Original signed by
Privacy Commissioner of Canada
c.c. Timothy Pilgrim
For further information see CNIL’s review (French only).