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Parliament Proposals Send Mixed Messages

DATA RETENTION—EU

June 17, 2010

A new push by the European Parliament contradicts the Article 29 Working Party's requirement that search engines reduce the time they store data to six months, Search Engine Land reports. The proposed European Data Retention Directive seeks to have search engines retain "all communications traffic data...for possible use by law enforcement" for two years, the report states. Pointing out that while it is not guaranteed that the European Parliament will support the directive becoming law, the report suggests that "for the time being at least, it would seem to paralyze the EU's ability to make data retention demands on search engines of any sort."
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