Updates to Bing Privacy

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Today we sent a letter to the Article 29 Working Party notifying them of our intention to make a change to Bing’s data retention policy.  Specifically, we are reducing the amount of time we store IP addresses from searchers to 6 months.  Currently we keep that information for 18 months before we delete it.  Generally, when Bing receives search data we do a few things: first, we take steps to…

Bing search history: The power is yours

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My name is Sree, and I joined the Bing team just over a year ago after graduating from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Since then, my work has been focused on Bing’s history features, and it has been a wild ride. I remember when my manager first pulled me into this project; he explained the vision that trust and respect for privacy must be inherent in the features we develop,…

A call for industry standards for data anonymization

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As part of Microsoft’s commitment to protecting consumers’ privacy in the operation of Live Search, we’re announcing support today for the Article 29 Working Party’s guidelines for search anonymization. These guidelines call for a common industry standard for the timing and methods for anonymizing search query data. Microsoft Chief Privacy Strategist Peter Cullen provides an overview of the importance of industry-wide standards for protecting user privacy on the Data Privacy…