Thursday, January 29, 2009

Search engines - IP addresses

Whilst the issue of data retention of search log data has been the subject of much discussion, notwithstanding the Art. 29 Working Party's opinion, that the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC does not apply to search engines, yet the retention policies of search engines continues to be a discussion point:

Google - 9 months retention policy

Yahoo - 3 months

Ixquick - 48 hours (as of 28/1/09 - no IP addresses are not stored)

Ixquick appears to be the preferred search engine for its retention policy, having been awarded the European Privacy Seal - whether other search engines will reduce their retention policy remains to be seen.

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Data Protection Day

Marking aside, the Data Protection Day took place yesterday, 28th January: the ICO launched the Personal Information Promise:

On 28 January 2009 the Information Commissioner’s Office celebrated European Data Protection Day by launching the Personal Information Promise, which was signed by major stakeholders at One Great George Street, Westminster, London.
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