08 April 2008

EU - Search engines must delete data after six months, say watchdogs

(OUT-LAW News)
Search engines must delete search logs after six months if they are to comply with data protection laws, according to a committee of EU countries' privacy watchdogs. The Article 29 Working Party has published a long-awaited report into search engines and privacy which is the result of months of consideration. That report says that search engine companies must delete personal data as soon as they have used it for the purpose for which it was gathered, and that it should not be routinely kept for longer than six months.