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European data privacy regulators said Thursday that Internet search engines based outside Europe must also comply with EU rules on how a person's Internet address or search history is stored.
EU rules that someone must consent to their data being collected and give individuals the right to object or verify their information apply to search engines, the regulators' group said in a short statement as they prepare a full report due by April.
EU: Search Engines Must Comply With EU Rules [hosted.ap.org]
but I also think a search engine should also have the option to block countries if they dont want to change anything.
You don't see Uruguay dictating rules to the rest of the world. They know how to stay in their own backyard.
In all likelihood, the EU saw how much money was made off of MicroSoft and now some other EU regulating body wants to make some money off of Google and Yahoo.
They better hurry, the dollar will be worthless soon and that $250 million judgement they'll probably seek won't be worth the paper it's printed on.
[edited by: Freedom at 5:06 pm (utc) on Feb. 23, 2008]
It never ceases to amaze me how governments try to regulate, manipulate, stipulate and aggravate outside their authority, borders, or legal boundaries.
Since Google has offices in Europe, servers in Europe, offers its services in Europe, has registered domain names in European countries I cannot see in which way the EU is acting outside its jurisdiction.
If you have a product you want to sell in another country you have to abide to the laws in that country.