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Google calls for international privacy standards
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 14 September 2007 11:38

By Ryan Paul | Published: September 14, 2007 - 08:46AM CT
ARS Technica
Google will call for universal privacy standards today at a UNESCO conference in France. Google believes that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Framework could serve as the basis for harmonizing regulatory frameworks used by countries around the world.

Complying with the broad assortment of disparate and potentially conflicting privacy laws already in place is a costly burden for businesses that use the Internet to operate globally. Streamlining those regulations and establishing global standards would certainly simplify the compliance process, but determining an adequate standard that balances the desires of law enforcement, consumers, and businesses around the globe will pose a challenge. 


Google retains a tremendous amount of personal information that could be used for identity theft and all sorts of other nefarious purposes if it were to fall into the wrong hands. Although some politicians are keen on legislation that would impose limits on data retention in order to protect consumer privacy, law enforcement agencies are insisting that data needs to be retained longer. Data retention duration is just one of many issues that will require some difficult compromises.

In July, Google competitors Microsoft and collectively called for industry standards for search privacy. The approach taken by Microsoft and seems to be market-oriented, whereas Google seems more interested in government standards... More   Comment in the Forums
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