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Former FTC Employee Files Search Engine Complaint

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 8, 2010

A former employee has filed a complaint with the FTC alleging an Internet company did not adequately protect the privacy of its users' search queries, The Wall Street Journal reports. The complaint, which was filed in September, asks the FTC to investigate allegations that Google shared its users' search queries with third parties and to "compel Google to take proactive steps to protect the privacy of individual users' search terms." In a statement, Google responded that it "is a standard practice across all search engines" to share search data with third parties, but "Google does not pass any personal information about the source of the query to the destination Web site." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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