After talking with leading privacy stakeholders in Europe and the U.S., we’re pleased to be taking this important step toward protecting your privacy. By anonymizing our server logs after 18-24 months, we think we’re striking the right balance between two goals: continuing to improve Google’s services for you, while providing more transparency and certainty about our retention practices.
This part from Google’s FAQ on the new policy [PDF] is noteworthy:
How many subpoenas for server log data does Google receive each year?
As a matter of policy, we don’t provide specifics on law enforcement requests to Google.
Yowza, almost sounds like they’re trying to send a subtle message here... after all, by law they’re not allowed to disclose certain government queries for user data.
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