By Jorg Walter
The CNIL announced in a press release on Thursday that it has issued a formal notice to Google Inc. that requires the search engine to provide clear and sufficient information to users about how their data is being used. In particular, the Paris based regulator wants Google to:
- Define specified and explicit purposes to allow users to understand practically the processing of their personal data;
- Inform users by application of the provisions of Article 32 of the French Data Protection Act, in particular with regard to the purposes pursued by the controller of the processing implemented;
- Define retention periods for the personal data processed that do not exceed the period necessary for the purposes for which they are collected;
- Not proceed, without legal basis, with the potentially unlimited combination of users’ data;
- Fairly collect and process passive users’ data, in particular with regard to data collected using the “Doubleclick” and “Analytics” cookies, “+1” buttons or any other Google service available on the visited page; and
- Inform users and then obtain their consent in particular before storing cookies on their terminal.