Google moves toward privacy protection, Yahoo gets called out

Google Inc. is adopting new privacy measures to make it more difficult to connect online search requests with the people making them – a thorny issue that provoked a showdown with the U.S. government last year…Google believes it can provide more assurances of privacy by removing key pieces of identifying information from its system every 18 to 24 months. The timetable is designed to comply with a hodgepodge of laws around the world that dictate how long search engines are supposed to retain user information.

Read this article from WIRED and commentary from Ars and WIRED’s blog

“Yahoo betrayed my husband and deprived him of freedom,” Yu says through a translator, her voice trembling. “Yahoo must learn its lesson.” Yu’s husband is now in Beijing Prison No. 2, serving a 10-year sentence for inciting subversion with his pro-democracy internet writings. According to the written court verdict, the Chinese government convicted Wang, in part, on evidence provided by Yahoo.

Read this article from WIRED

Previously from WNM: The cost of “free”, Should there be a federal privacy law? and The Complicity Question. Google, Yahoo, etc and China.

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