Microsoft to delete Bing users’ IP addresses after 6 months

Microsoft will eliminate all data collected on Bing users after six months. The software giant said it sent a letter to the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, a collection of the EU’s top minds on data protection and privacy issues, today notifying it that the company would reduce the amount of time it stores IP addresses from searchers from 18 months to six months before deleting them.Currently, Bing takes search data and separates the user’s account information (such as e-mail or phone number) from the non-personal information (such as what the query was) and only after 18 months does Microsoft take the additional step of deleting the IP address and any other cross session IDs associated with the query. The only difference with the new policy is that the IP address will be removed completely at six months to provide greater user privacy protection; the rest of the process will remain the same, since Microsoft says it needs the data to make search better for consumers.
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/01/bing-beats-google-but-not-yahoo-in-keeping-search-records.arsAlso see:Microsoft cuts IP address storage to 6 months [AP]
Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it would shorten the time it stores Internet users’ addresses from Web search queries from 18 months to six months following a request from a European Union data privacy panel.It said the change would make its Bing search a better choice for privacy-conscious users than the world’s leading search engine Google Inc., because Microsoft will delete the entire Internet Protocol address from search queries _ the string of numbers that shows a computer’s location.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/microsoft-cuts-ip-address-storage-to-6-months-20100120-mjex.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/microsoft-cuts-ip-address-storage-to-6-months-20100120-mjex.html

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