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An online forum of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's Privacy and Information Security Committee

EU decision on IP addresses, search engines and privacy

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As expected, the EU’s Article 29 Working Party has released a decision that search engines are subject to the obligations of the Data Protection Directive. The Working Party explains that the data search engines collect — IP address and a search profile — is considered personal information in Europe, not purely anonymous data as the search engines have maintained. It issued a preliminary release on the subject, and is expected to issue a full report in the next few months.

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Author: ABA Antitrust

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