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Google Privacy Plan Must Be Discussed at EU Level, Belgians Say

January 26, 2012

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc.’s planned changes to its privacy policy should be discussed by a group of privacy regulators from European Union member states, Belgium’s data protection agency said.

“The changes to Google’s privacy policy will have to be discussed at European level” through the so-called Article 29 Working Party, Eva Wiertz, a spokeswoman for Belgium’s Privacy Commission, said in an e-mailed statement. That is why the agency is unable to offer a view on Google’s measures, she said.

Irish and French regulators said yesterday that they would assess the plans by the owner of the world’s largest search engine to combine more than 70 privacy policies for some of its separate products.

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