EU welcomes Google offer on privacy

Thursday, 14 June 2007, 12:08 AM EST

EU justice chief Franco Frattini said Wednesday that Internet search leader Google had offered to cut the time it retains data on user searches from the current 24 months to 18 months amid growing concerns it could be violating EU privacy rules.

The EU justice and home affairs commissioner welcomed a letter sent by Google officials to an independent EU data protection panel earlier this week in which the company said it would raise its data privacy standards for all users.

At MSNBC.

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