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Google tries to soften criticism of privacy guards

Published on: 16.09.08
Source: EurActiv.com

Google announced that it will shorten the period it stores Internet users' private data in an attempt to address privacy-related concerns. Google will decrease its data retention period from 18 to nine months, the search engine still falls below the demands of EU privacy protection authorities.

Google said, it will store information relating to the IP addresses of users for nine months, while EU regulators consider six months as the standard. An IP address is the identification number given by Internet service providers to every computer connected to the Web.

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