European Commission Cracking Down On Search Engine Privacy

The European Commission is cracking down on search engine data-retention, with a new proposed rule that search engines should delete personal data about their customers within six months.

The BBC News site said this recommendation is likely to be accepted by the European Commission and could lead to a clash with search giants like Google, Yahoo and MSN. "Google and MSN anonymise user data after 18 months, while Yahoo does the same after 13 months," the BBC reported.