Working Party Urges FTC to Examine Search Engines' Compliance with Law
PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.May 28, 2010
The EU's Article 29 Data Protection Working Party is asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine whether the world's largest search engine companies' policies comply with U.S. law. OUT-LAW.com reports that the Working Party has sent a letter to the FTC in connection with its recent announcement that policies for data retention and anonymisation at Yahoo, Google and Microsoft are not in compliance with EU law. The letter, which questions whether the companies' policies are compatible with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Act prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts of practices in the marketplace, reads, "We respectfully offer our assistance in any possible steps you might want to take in finding a constructive solution to protect the private life of everybody that conducts searches on the Internet."