What was that?

By Ben Charny  |  Posted 2006-01-26

What Marquette University Assistant Law Professor Eric Goldman said today:

"It's legislative opportunism. It's classic (bad) cyberlaw."

What he was reacting to:

U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) intends to introduce a bill next legislative session to prohibit Internet search engines from storing details about their customers for an infinite period of time.

After a so-far undetermined period of time, "the information must be destroyed," Markey's office wrote.

The proposal is in response to the current flap about whether search engines can provide data about their customers' search habits to federal and state officials.

Putting a half-life on customer personal details that search engines collect, legally or otherwise, is one just one of several ways to attack the issue.

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