Google And EU Argue Over IP Addresses

Posted: Feb 26 2008, 11:59am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:27am CDT, in News | Other Stuff

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Google is having a dispute with EU data protection officers who claim that IP addresses are personal data even when processed by service providers. Google disputes this fact saying that only the ISP can link an IP address with a person since they assign the IP addresses.

According to Heise-online the EU “Article 29 Working Party” stated, “The EU's data protection directive applies to search engines if the IP addresses of users or information about search queries is collected.”

Even though Google isn’t in the EU it is expected to abide by EU privacy laws. In fact Google agreed to shorten the lifespan of some of its server logs and cookies when criticized last May in the EU.

Via Heise-online

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