While GoogleÂs legal counsel has expressed a willingness to co-operate it will still be concernedÂ with The EC Article 29 Data Protection Working PartyÂs letter to it concerning its privacyÂ practices.
Article 29 is an independent EC advisory body on data protection and privacy. The body has writtenÂ to Google in particular about Google’s new privacy practices relating to the anonymisation ofÂ server logs that are more than 18 to 24 months old.
In March, GoogleÂs global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, launced a new policyÂ . He said that the company will keep its server log data but will make that data Âmuch moreÂ anonymous, so that it can no longer be identified with individual users, after 18Â24 months.Â
Among other issues addressed in the letter, the Working Party’s concerns include that Google hasÂ not sufficiently specified the purposes for which server logs need to be kept and why such a longÂ period has been chosen.