The advisory Article 29 Working Party had called upon the company to hold off on implementing the new policy until concerns about its legality could be addressed, but Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer states that such a move wouldn't have been feasible after the company had moved forward with a notification campaign across all of its products. Stating that a delayed rollout "would have proved confusing to our users," Fleischer also criticizes European regulators for speaking to the media about their concerns. "We find it disappointing that some regulators publicly express doubts of lawfulness without having accorded us any chance to engage on the issues of concern," he writes, noting that Google pre-briefed 18 different regulators on its intentions, none of which asked the company to "pause" its implementation of the new policy. In a sign that tensions are running high, Google's letter even goes so far as to question the very legality of the Working Party itself in appointing the CNIL to conduct the investigation.
Of vital interest is how Google plans to share information it collects on users, something that has garnered attention from US lawmakers as well. The CNIL asked 21 separate questions on the topic in its questionnaire, none of which were addressed in Google's current letter. We shouldn't have to wait too long to hear Mountain View's thoughts, however: according to Reuters, Google will be answering the rest of the questions by April 15th.