Privacy, personal data and the web

As a follow-up to a previous posting on this topic, this news item caught my attention.

Europe’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has written to Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft, as well as the Federal Trade Commission.  It asks them to consider their search data retention and anonymisation policies.

Although the Working Party is an independent advisory body without any direct powers of enforcement, its members are the data protection authorities across the EU that do have enforcement powers.  Sadly its website is rather lacking in the kind of visual clout, user-friendliness and ease of access to information that the big companies do so well…

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