Google Will Start Removing Identifying Data From Search Logs
from the about-time dept
Given that Google searches are being used in court cases as evidence and the supposed big business of selling user data, it's good to see that Google has decided that it's going to start purging data in its search logs. Prior to this, it logged and kept everything, from searches to IP addresses. In other words it's a data retention lover's dream database. Of course, they're only going to purge the data that's over 18 months old, so they'll still be hanging onto plenty of data for quite some time. Of course, as Jim Harper notes, Google's choice of wording here is a bit bizarre, as it claims it will start making the data "more" anonymous. Harper points out that (like pregnancy) anonymity should be a binary function -- it either is or is not anonymous, so he's curious about the modifier.