Are we being spied on? We'd like to know how much Google will remember of us, and where it's keeping those precious memories.
As far as France is concerned, Google is going too far with its plan to track individual users and store up their search history for future reference.
That being the case, the European Union has asked France to investigate this new Google policy to see if it does, indeed, break various EU laws on privacy. And then what? No more Google in the EU?
Moving with its usual speed, the French Data Protection Agency will be submitting questions in mid-March, which is obviously a couple of weeks after the fact. In the meantime, any European who googles is an accessory to a crime. Possibly. The Agency will get back to everyone on that in due time.
The EU did ask Google for some time to get things together, but Google said "non, nein, no" and launched its service today just the same.
Part of the issue is that you can't just opt out of Google doing this to you. Use Google and they spy on you. If you don't want to be spied on, you have to use another search engine but if you've used other search engines, you know that they don't work as well as Google.
There's the problem for the EU and every other country with privacy laws. Google has become too big and too powerful. The search engine can laugh off fines and you know that if any country threatened to ban Google, the populace would be up in arms.
Except those holding stock in Yahoo. They're all for that outright ban.