EU Official: IP Is Personal

[AP] IP addresses should generally be regarded as personal information, the head of the European Union’s group of data privacy regulators said Monday according to an AP story. Germany’s data protection commissioner, Peter Scharr, leads the EU group preparing a report on how well the privacy policies of Internet search engines operated by Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others comply with EU privacy law.AP reports Scharr “told a European Parliament hearing on online data protection that when someone is identified by an IP, or Internet protocol, address ‘then it has to be regarded as personal data.'” Should it come about that IP addresses be treated as personal information, this would have implications for how search engines record data.

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