After initial questionnaires from CNIL, which it says were not appropriately answered by Google, an additional questionnaire were sent. Speaking at Google’s annual Zeitgeist conference in Paradise Valley for his first public speaking in many months, CEO Larry Page touched on the antitrust probes, but again did not seem to relate any major clarification on its new policy. It seems a lot like “avoiding the issues” is on the cards here.
Page made several comments about the probes conducted by EU and US antitrust agencies into whether Google could be driving more traffic to its own services through the gathering of user information. Because, as most business owners will tell you, selling makes the world go round. At the same time individual user’s information could be used to deliver relevant adverts to the specific user, or even associates and friends. The CNIL’s argument is that Google has not completely clarified these practices.
He also said that “hopefully” Google will be able to “work well” with antitrust regulators to resolve the privacy issues, adding that “I do think over-regulation of the internet and restriction of what people can do is a big risk for us”. Hmmm… that’s something that can be interpreted in many ways.