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EU probes Google grip on data

Looks like the EU is questioning Googles Data retention

     
2:51 am on May 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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European data protection officials have raised concerns that Google could be contravening European privacy laws by keeping data on internet searches for too long.

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5:50 pm on May 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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That's a classic example of the double bind that various political entities place on Google and other search engines, ISPs and so on. Data can only be kept for however long it is kept - you can't cooperate with one country's security concerns and keep data for two years, and also cooperate with another country's privacy concerns and delete the data sooner.

This one is not up to Google, I think, but rather will require an international agreement or treaty.

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Actually it's up to Goog to find a solution.

No different than the varied Statues of Limitation among states and/or countries for nearly all contract terms.

Like many companies, they may need to create a unique Goog EU division and Goog USA division to comply with various laws or risk the penalties of offending one while complying with other.

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Remember, the EU does not make all the laws for all of Europe. Ultimately it is up to the individual country. So it might differ in each country. Laws have to be wrote before google can react. Right now there is not much law governing that type of information.
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Here is a follow up article on what is happening today

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6:59 pm on May 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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>> Statues of Limitation <<

I'm familiar with the Statue of Liberty. Where's this other one then? :-)

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lol sry. stopped spell checking my posts on forums about 5 years ago

Statutes. :p