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The search company may be breaking European law by keeping search records too long

The European Union's data protection watchdog, known as the Article 29 Working Group, has issued a letter warning Google that its data retention policies may be in violation of EU laws.

The BBC reports that EU data protection commissioners who serve on the Article 29 panel are concerned about the search giant's practice of keeping personal search records for two years.

Google tracks and stores all queries, associating search terms and history with individual users based on their unique IP address. While the company has stated that the records are used to monitor and improve its search-related services, critics charge that the data could be used to profile users and pry into their personal lives.

The EU effort to reign in Google's privacy policies has the backing of the Union's Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini, who has affirmed that he "considers those questions raised by the letter to be appropriate and legitimate," according to an EU spokesman.

A Google spokeswoman confirmed that the EU privacy group is concerned about the company "keeping information about people's search for a definite period of time ranging from 18 to 24 months." She told the BBC that Google plans to address the EU complaints prior to the data protection panel's next meeting in late June.

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By Nik00117 on 5/26/2007 2:05:14 PM , Rating: 0
They will now known that the IP address has accessed a porn website, and likes to play video games. Yea its profiling all over again.

By Dactyl on 5/26/2007 3:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
What kind of porn do you like?

Even if it's completely normal, do you want people to know exactly what you've seen?

This is going to be the new kind of blackmail. It's the same as the old black male, Clarence Thomas, experienced in his Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, where Dems gave out his movie rental history, showing his favorite porn star was Long Dong Silver. That's an entirely mainstream, wholesome choice of pornography, but it was still very embarrassing for him.

We've already seen Google compromise its "don't be evil" policy to make a little money in China. What would Google be willing to do to protect itself if one of its founders was facing jail time? How far would it go? What is it capable of?

At least Bill Gates is a patriot. He put security holes in Windows so our government could get important information. The Google crowd are anti-American. They won't have a special icon for memorial day, because it memorializes American soldiers. has no problem memorializing Canadian soldiers. Google doesn't want to offend people by putting up a special logo on

By P4blo on 5/26/2007 9:52:17 PM , Rating: 4
It's a market research department's wet dream. They will be doing mass cross referencing within seconds. 40% of those who regularly search for pr0n are also ATI fanboys. 70% of those fanboys apparently searched for 'horse strength prozac' when the R600 finally got released.

Prepare for a future of advertisers that knows you better than you do. They'll tell *you* what you want, and probably get it right :-)

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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