[25/06/2007] The Spanish Agency of Information Protection (AEPD) announced that it is analyzing if the main Internet search engines that operate in Spain (Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft) respect the privacy of their users y if their practices are adapted to the Spanish norms of information protection.
The AEPD has needed to get information from these three companies to analyze their politics of retention of personal data, results of the searches that users make, along with the other services offered by these entities, in the time that this data is retained and the ends for which it is used.
The Agency is trying to determine the qualification that the search engines have to realize retentions of information and if the guarantees of the Law of Data Protection are applied.
Also, the Agency announced that the information provided to the users of these sistems will be examind, as well as the posibility of opposing the treatment of this information, the utilization of ‘cookies’ or other similar invisible devices of reception of information, that can be used for the elaboration of profiles, according to the AEPD.
This initiative is realized in a parallel form to the analysis done on a European scale, that is carried out by the Group Article 29, an entity that reunites the European authorities in charge of the supervision of personal data protection.
This group studies the most current news relating to the politics of privacy and retention of data by Google and has extended this analysis to all of the Internet search engines in all countries of the Union.