Google affirms privacy

Google will encrypt data in its server logs after 18 months, part of an effort to address concerns about privacy raised last month by a European Union working group.

Google will encrypt data in its server logs after 18 months, part of an effort to address concerns about privacy raised last month by a European Union working group.

In a letter sent to the group last week, Google also said it was looking to redesign its web cookies and reduce the length of time they are stored on users’ PCs.

The lower data retention period will mean that instead of storing all information for 24 months, Google will lower its data retention period to 18 months. It is still considering reducing cookie expiration time - Google’s tracking cookies are currently set for an infinite period of time. No new period has been set.

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