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.