Microsoft makes step towards EU and keeps data for 6 months

Tue 2 February 2010 09:39, Bas van den Beld

Microsoft makes step towards EU and keeps data for 6 months

A little over a week ago Microsoft made a very important step when it comes to user privacy regarding Bing. The second largest search engine agreed on cooperation with the European Commission by reducing the amount time it retains Bing search data to six months.

The European Commission had putten a lot of pressure on the software giant to adjust the privacy policy to be according to EU regulations. Up to now Microsoft had been holding data for 18 months.

Microsoft's Chief Privacy Strategist Peter Cullen said:

“This change reflects a number of factors including a continuing evaluation of our business needs, the current competitive landscape and our ongoing dialogue with privacy advocates, consumer groups, and regulators,”

Now Microsoft has made this step the pressure is on Google which is holding the data for nine months. According to Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer this will not change in the near future:

“We are committed to using data both to improve our services and our security measures for our users and to protect their privacy, and we remain convinced that our current logs retention policy represents a responsible balance,”


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