BRUSSELS Europe's top justice official welcomed
on Thursday a move by Google Inc to halve to nine months the
time it stores personal data gathered from its users' Web
The Internet search giant has come under pressure from
European data protection officials to do more to protect the
privacy of users visiting its sites.
European Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot said the
change, announced this week, was "a good step in the right
direction" but noted that retention for up to six months was
the recommended European Union target.
Barrot also said in a statement he attached "special
significance" to a new Google policy of informing users about
its privacy policies in an easily understood way and he
welcomed Google's communication with European data protection
(Writing by William Schomberg)