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Google Limits Data Retention Period, But Privacy Problems Remain

Google is scaling back how long it keeps personally identifiable data accumulated from its Web users, seeking to mollify a European Union watchdog that has questioned its privacy policies. The world's top provider of Web search services said late Monday that it is ready to curtail the time it stores user data to a year-and-a-half, the low end of an 18- to 24-month period it had originally proposed to regulators in March.

Google limits data retention in EU compromise, Reuters, June 12, 2007.