Two or three weeks ago, the European Union Article 29 Working Party sent Google a letter asking about some of Google’s privacy practices. Google responded to the letter in a blog post today and made its entire response letter available (PDF link).
The two pieces of news I see are:
- Google previously committed to anonymize its server logs after 18-24 months. Today Google announced that it plans to anonymize server logs after 18 months.
- Google is considering reducing its cookie expiration time:
We are considering the Working Party’s concerns regarding cookie expiration periods, and we are exploring ways to redesign cookies and to reduce their expiration without artificially forcing users to re-enter basic preferences such as language preference. We plan to make an announcement about privacy improvements for our cookies in the coming months.
Cool. Those are good changes in my book.