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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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typical eurocommunism
By rika13 on 5/27/2007 1:07:13 PM , Rating: 2
the EU continually does this crap with it's own people and organizations, but whines when an american company does anything that would show them as oppressive or benefits humanity (EU forcing M$ to open security holes for symantec and mccrappy, caring about "climate change" and acting like it's man-made when even comrade gore's own data shows it isn't and then demanding america foot the bill, complaining about us going to iraq after saddam REPEATEDLY used chemical weapons against the kurds and iran but not noticeing france selling nuclear weapons to anyone who would pay, the second-class status they give their eastern members and third-class status they give turkey)

RE: typical eurocommunism
By JoeBanana on 5/27/2007 1:57:26 PM , Rating: 2
I must say you very nicely connected war, chemical weapons and nuclear weapons with google storing 2 year data. I admire that smooth transition.
But we are talking about the law and I personally think that this logs should be shorter(I know what good mysql queries can do.)). But if you aren't from EU you shouldn't be concerned cuz google can store your data for as long as it wants.

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