The Article 29 Working Party, which is comprised of European data protection officials as well as a representative from the European Union (EU) as well as the EU’s executive European Commission, said it wants time to examine Google’s plans more closely.
The policy changes are slated to go into effect March 1. Google, which has publicized the changes through blog posts, email and its website, has said that the comments from Article 29 are a surprise.
“We briefed most of the members of the working party in the weeks leading up to our announcement,” Al Verney, Google’s spokesman in Brussels, told Reuters. “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.”