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Government Agency urges Search Engines to be more transparent

The managing director of Get Safe Online, a partnership between the UK government and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), called for search engine to make give out more details about how they managed their users' personal information and data.

Tony Neate added that Search Engines providers should put more emphasis on making their personal data storage mechanism more transparent, in what seems to be a veiled attack at the way Internet companies like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo treat their customers' info.

He also suggested that users should be given the choice over whether their information should be held as well as the reasons why search engines hold their data.

The move comes after the European Union asked Search Engines not to hold personal data for more than six months, a third of the current holding period used by the major search engines.

Coming from someone who works for the UK Government though, this seems slightly ironic.

None of the big three search engines have suffered data breaches on the scale that the UK Government has suffered in the past six months, despite the fact that Google, Yahoo and Microsoft altogether manage billions of pieces of data every day.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.