Google Tightens Privacy Measures

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. is adopting new privacy measures to make it more difficult to connect online search requests with the people making them – a thorny issue that provoked a showdown with the U.S. government last year.

Under revisions announced late Wednesday, Google promised to wrap a cloak of anonymity around the vast amounts of information that the Mountain View-based company regularly collects about its millions of users around the world.

Google believes it can provide more assurances of privacy by removing key pieces of identifying information from its system every 18 to 24 months. The timetable is designed to comply with a hodgepodge of laws around the world that dictate how long search engines are supposed to retain user information. (more…)

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