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Microsoft will only agree to European demands to slash the time it keeps online search query data if Google and Yahoo! adopt the same methods. The software giant said yesterday it supports the Article 29 Working Party’s guidelines for anonymisation on the web, before adding that such rules can only be adopted if they are …

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What a strange thing to do...

Why don't they just cut the retention period anyway, and then crow about how they have a shorter data retention period than any of their competitors... Some privacy conscious users might push their market share above the pitiful 2%.

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Ha ha!

It's not often I say this, but Microsoft have a point. Interesting to see if this segues into pressure on Google and Yahoo.

Halo Bill Gates just for the novelty value.

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Hmmm...

There must be something to Google's claims. Otherwise, anonymising data would be a competitive advantage to MS with those people who want to be anonymous on the internet. So if they want the other guys to sign on first, the competitive advantages of not-anonymising must be greater.

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get a sub editor or proof reader...or learn teh Englunds.

Halve...not half.

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Google's reason for NOT removing data,

Interesting to see a google ad at the bottom of this article page that offered:

Ads by Google

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Keep your browsing history off the record - Download Google Chrome.

www.google.com/chrome

Could this be why they don't want to delete our search data? Mine's the coat with the lost data discs in the pocket.

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