Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Google justifies privacy invasion on security grounds

In response to veiled criticism from Europe's data protection commissioners, Google is claiming it needs to store personal data on its users for two years for "security" reasons (thanks, Gus!). I am highly sceptical that "security" requires such vast, personally identifiable audit trails.

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating the anti-trust implications of the GoogleClick deal. Privacy groups are hopeful that data protection concerns will form part of their deliberations.

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