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The policy was due to come into effect on March 1, and would allow Google to share what it knows about users between services such as Google Search, Gmail and YouTube.
The move horrified privacy advocates and bloggers - tech site ZDNet said that Google would 'know more about you than your wife does' and said the policy was 'Big Brother-ish'.
The European Union working party asked for Google to stop the new policy while the working group investigate whether personal data is protected.
‘We call for a pause to ensure that there can be no misunderstanding about Google’s commitments to information rights of EU citizens.’
‘We wish to check the possible consequences for the protection of the personal data of citizens,’ it said.
France’s data protection authority will be in charge of the investigation.
The Article 29 Working Party said it needed to examine Google’s plans more thoroughly before the search group’s policy comes into effect on March 1.
'If you're signed into Google, we can do things like suggest search queries - or tailor your search results - based on the interests you've expressed in Google Plus, Gmail and YouTube,’ Google said a new overview page for its privacy policies.
‘We'll better understand (what) you're searching for and get you those results faster.’
The European commissioner in charge of data protection, Viviane Reding, welcomed the move, saying it was a necessary to establish that EU data rules were being firmly applied.
Google said the raising of concerns came as a surprise.
‘We briefed most of the members of the working party in the weeks leading up to our announcement,’ said Al Verney, Google’s spokesman in Brussels.
‘None of them expressed substantial concerns at the time, but of course we’re happy to speak with any data protection authority that has questions.’