Google To Make Privacy Concessions


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Under pressure from European leaders, Google is looking to change it's privacy policies to limit the amount of time it retains search data.

Google is offering to cut back the amount of time it stores user search data from 2 years to 18 months. Also, it is offering to cut the expiry of cookies from 30 years to 2 years.

While European leaders are concerned that those cutbacks are not good enough, Google has expressed concern that further cuts may cause them to run afoul of U.S. leaders who are mandating data retention as part of their 'War On Terror'. So far, Google has not given in to U.S. demands to turn over search data, but cutting back on what they retain at this point may put them in legal jeopardy should U.S. authorities press the search records issue.

This has always been a problem with the international nature of the Internet. You have an international network that is being policed at every level (Country, State, County, City, etc.) How can these large companies hope to comply with potentially hundreds of conflicting regulations.

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