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Declaration Would Store Web Inquiries for Two Years

PRIVACY LAW—EU

June 8, 2010

Civil liberty groups and some MEPs are calling an EU plan to store Web search inquiries for up to two years an intrusion into citizens' privacy, the Daily Mail reports. Written Declaration 29 aims to serve as an early warning system to stop paedophiles. It would extend the Data Retention Directive--which allows EU member states to monitor and store personal e-mails and other Web activity for up to two years--to all Web search engines. "MEPs should have a serious re-think before supporting this declaration which would open up even more of citizens' personal data to monitoring and abuse," Open Europe spokeswoman Sarah Gaskell said.
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