Following a series of questions and criticisms, "a group of European Union data-protection regulators" is asking Google not to move forward with its new unified privacy policy, according to Bloomberg Businessweek's Aoife White. "Google Inc., owner of the world’s most-popular search engine, was asked to 'pause' changes to its privacy policy in Europe during an examination by France’s data-protection agency,". "France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties, known as CNIL, will 'check the possible consequences for the protection of the personal data' of Europeans that may come with Google’s planned changes, said Jacob Kohnstamm, the chairman of the Article 29 Working Party."

Many European nations (especially France, Germany and the United Kingdom) are historically more aggressive about protecting the privacy of its citizens. Google's global headquarters in Ireland employs over 2,200 people, so it's not as if the company has a small presence in Europe or isn't sensitive to European nations' perspectives on data-protection.