In an effort to address some of the concerns that have been raised by various privacy groups Google is going to do something about it. Whenever you search Google for something that search information has been historically saved. Ever “Googled” yourself? C’mon we all know you have. It was that very data that the Bush White house has been pursuing since early 2006. Google has managed to stand its ground against the Bush administration previously.

Now Google is going to scrub some of the information that is of concern to users. From Google’s own blog:

When you search on Google, we collect information about your search, such as the query itself, IP addresses and cookie details. Previously, we kept this data for as long as it was useful. Today we’re pleased to report a change in our privacy policy: Unless we’re legally required to retain log data for longer, we will anonymize our server logs after a limited period of time. When we implement this policy change in the coming months, we will continue to keep server log data (so that we can improve Google’s services and protect them from security and other abuses)—but will make this data much more anonymous, so that it can no longer be identified with individual users, after 18-24 months.

A nice positive step.

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