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Microsoft To Delete Bing IP Data After 6 Months 101

Posted by kdawson
from the can't-see-you-anymore dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "Bowing to pressure from the EU, Microsoft said it would discard all data collected via its Bing search engine after six months. (Microsoft's announcement contains a timeline for what data gets anonymized or deleted when.) Until now, the software giant has retained the data for 18 months. Over the past two years, however, Internet companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google have made efforts to reduce the amount of time that information is stored. Microsoft's policies will remain the same, but now, the company will delete the IP address and other info after six months. Back in December 2008, Microsoft said it would reduce its retention time to six months, but only if its rivals followed suit. At the time, Yahoo anonymized its data after 13 months, and Google did the same after 9 months. A week later, Yahoo cut that time down to three months, but Google said its decisions are not conditioned on what competitors do."
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Microsoft To Delete Bing IP Data After 6 Months

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  • Re:Privacy (Score:3, Informative)

    by mitchell_pgh (536538) on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @06:04PM (#30825270)

    From the article: "Bowing to pressure from the EU"

    I wouldn't say that Microsoft is exactly doing this by their own accord.

  • Re:Privacy (Score:3, Informative)

    by Frater 219 (1455) on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @06:52PM (#30825942) Journal

    After Google's CEO's comments about privacy is only wanted by wrongdoers

    Except, of course, that he never said that. He was asked in an interview whether users should consider Google as a "trusted friend" -- and he said no. He said that if you're doing something that you don't want anyone to know about, doing it on Google is a bad idea ... since Google is just as subject to U.S. law, including the USA PATRIOT Act, as any other company is.

    He didn't say that only wrongdoers want privacy and that everyone should trust Google. He said that if you want perfect privacy, you can't get it from Google, because the law doesn't allow it. That's pretty much the opposite!

  • Re:Privacy (Score:3, Informative)

    by Gadget_Guy (627405) * on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @07:14PM (#30826178)

    Microsoft handed over search data without being forced to do so.

    Oh please! According the your cited article, Microsoft gave away "aggregated query data, not search results, that did not include any personally identifiable information". Google does this all the time! [google.com]

    I also equate being subpoenaed to being forced.

  • Re:Privacy (Score:5, Informative)

    by olden (772043) on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @09:11PM (#30827168)
    According to PCWorld [pcworld.com] and others [boingboing.net], Eric Schmidt said: (my emphasis)

    "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place, but if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines including Google do retain this information for some time, and it's important, for example that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act. It is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities."

    Sorry, this does sound to me like one of those despicable and horribly misguided "if you have nothing to hide, why would you want privacy?" line.
    I like Bruce Schneier's answer [schneier.com].

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