Summary Box: EU probes new Google privacy policy

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HOLD ON: The European Union’s data protection authorities have asked Google to delay the planned March 1 rollout of its new privacy policy until they have verified that it doesn’t break the bloc’s data protection laws.

GOOGLE’S PLANNED CHANGES: The new rules cover how the Web giant uses the enormous amounts of personal data its collects. It will allow Google to internally merge the data it collects on user activity across services such as YouTube and Gmail.

GOOGLE’S RESPONSE: The company says it had briefed data protection agencies ahead of time and heard no substantial concerns then.