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New policy will take at least a year to implement

For most internet users, the privacy and security of their online information and search history is an important thing for many reasons. Some users don’t want their search history stored on servers where it could be stolen or released to unauthorized parties.

Many search engines store the IP address information along with a search query for 18 months or more before deleting the data. Microsoft announced today that it would improve the privacy of searches by deleting search information after six months.

Microsoft wrote in a blog post, "[Microsoft will] delete the entire Internet Protocol address associated with search queries at six months rather than at 18 months."

The Wall Street Journal reports that the change in how long Microsoft stores search data is in response to negotiations with European regulators. The move is expected to pressure search firms like Google to follow suit.

Microsoft hopes that by deleting user search quires more frequently it can lure users concerned about privacy to use Bing rather than Google. Google still claims that it needs to keep search queries stored for up to nine months to improve search quality and fight fraud. The fraud in question is termed click fraud and is when users or companies click on ads repeatedly to run up the advertisers bill with no intention of buying.

Google released a statement saying, "Data from our search queries represents a crucial arm in our battle to protect the security of our services against hacks and fraud. It also represents a critical element allowing us to help users by innovating and improving the quality of our searches."

Yahoo is ahead of Microsoft and reduced the time it stores search queries to only three months in 2008. Microsoft reports that it will take a year to a year and a half to implement the changes to allow the deletion of queries every six months.

Quentin Archer, an attorney with Lovells LLP in London told Bloomberg, "It doesn’t do them [Microsoft] any good to be seen to ignore EU officials. Microsoft seems to be cooperating while trying to keep the competitive edge by telling people that Bing is safer than other search engines."

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft says it will put the new privacy system in place only after it's "technically secure and tested in every way."

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The Army blocks Bing
By jak3676 on 1/19/10, Rating: 0
RE: The Army blocks Bing
By tastyratz on 1/19/2010 1:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Are you in the army or did you read that somewhere else (src?)

Doesn't the Army use Websense?
Websense is used by a lot of companies and is a joke. Is it me or does it sometimes feel like they blacklist more good websites than actual "bad" ones?
I apologize in advance if this comment offended websense and in turn resulted in DT being blocked.

RE: The Army blocks Bing
By jak3676 on 1/19/2010 2:32:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I can attest to this first hand. The Army has put most (but somehow not all) of bing's IP's on the blocked list. The funny part is that bing is still the default search engine with IE - the Army nevery changed that with their AGM master image :P

While the Amry does use websense as well - those are generally managed locally. The bing block was put in at a more central layer - it's supposed to be past down to all suppordinate units, but it's never 100%.

RE: The Army blocks Bing
By Smilin on 1/19/2010 1:59:57 PM , Rating: 4
MS is viewed as the most privacy invasive of the search engines. (at least by some utter retard that's never heard of google )


RE: The Army blocks Bing
By Uncle on 1/19/2010 3:50:57 PM , Rating: 2
+10 If anyone has ever read most of MS EULA, they inform you that any material maybe given to third parties if the material is deemed necessary by MS. Tells me the door is wide open for some abuse to the transfer of your personal info.

RE: The Army blocks Bing
By damianrobertjones on 1/19/2010 5:36:15 PM , Rating: 2
Quick, someone please post a link to 'that' Chrome EULA that stated that could basically do whatever they liked with whatever you used their browser for....

RE: The Army blocks Bing
By Uncle on 1/19/2010 6:17:55 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly my point, most of the companies have a small disclaimer in their EULA that allows them to drive a truck through it.

RE: The Army blocks Bing
By jonmcc33 on 1/20/2010 8:29:27 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see a problem with that. Especially for all those sick pedophiles in the world. The sooner we catch them before they do any harm to a child the better.

The same should go for any terrorist acts such as searches on making a bomb or something. The FBI should be notified immediately.

Screw privacy if people's lives are at stake. If you wanted privacy the last place you would go is the internet anyway.

Kudos to Microsoft
By d3872 on 1/19/2010 4:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
I've been a Google fanboi for years, but Google's recent attitudes toward privacy have me really concerned.

Now Microsoft, whom many (e.g.) in the open source movement consider to be the paragon of evil, is adopting a more consumer friendly privacy policy than Google.

Looks like "don't be evil" has slipped to "be more evil than Microsoft."

RE: Kudos to Microsoft
By jonmcc33 on 1/20/2010 8:49:30 AM , Rating: 2
If you wanted any privacy at all you wouldn't even be using the internet.

RE: Kudos to Microsoft
By mindless1 on 1/20/2010 10:28:39 PM , Rating: 2
Nonsense. We expect privacy except for things we post on the internet, and even then, that it is anonymous unless clearly stated otherwise.

Yay for Microsoft!
By TheEinstein on 1/19/2010 8:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 7 has made me think twice about them, really is well made.

Google made me think twice about them, but in a bad way, with their censorship, their web monitoring, their big brother attitude, and their hand in hand alliance with the Dems.

I am now a proud Bing search engine user!

RE: Yay for Microsoft!
By Jalek on 1/19/2010 10:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'll admit it.. I was bought off by Bing through the cashback promotions.

Add that to the other promotions I also get cash back for or credit against student loans, and it's like finding everything on sale to some degree.

... and in related news
By mindless1 on 1/20/2010 8:22:34 PM , Rating: 1
I'm going to delete a word doc I created last year.

Based on advanced estimation techniques, I think I can get this done in 6-12 months (with a strong tailwind).

Back to reality - MS, you're so full of it.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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