Linked by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I was reminded of Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy's infamous sound byte (used as the title of this article) when I read about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's foot-in-mouth moment during a recent CNBC interview (YouTube Link). Here's what Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."
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Google's Log Retention
by cristoper on Fri 11th Dec 2009 04:53 UTC
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2009-02-15

This video states that Google deletes the last byte of logged IP addresses after 18 months:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLgJYBRzUXY

I can't find any mention of it in any text Privacy Policy though...

Edit: Here's a more recent (Sep. 2008) post from the Google Blog announcing that the retention time has been cut in half to 9 months.

Edited 2009-12-11 05:05 UTC

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