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Bing to Delete Search Data Sooner: Will You Change How You Surf?



Microsoft announced last week that it will delete internet protocol (IP) addresses linked with search queries after six months in an effort to comply with European privacy laws. Currently Bing holds this data for 18 months. According to Microsoft, the new policy will be rolled out over the next 12 to 18 months.

No word yet from Google or Yahoo as to whether they will follow suit.

Does Bing’s move impact how you will surf the web in the future?

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Melanie is the Senior Technology Policy Representative at the National Association of Realtors. That means she lobbies Congress and Federal Agencies on technology policy issues of importance to the real estate industry. In her pre-NAR life Melanie has been a practicing attorney and a software start-up executive. Like any native Californian, Melanie loves good wine and bountiful farmers markets.



  1. Fred Romano

    January 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Not at all … Bing is good for maps, but always use Google for general searches. They crawl websites the fastest too. Although Yahoo ranks many of my websites pages higher.

  2. Michael Powell

    January 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Maybe I should care more about stuff like this but I don’t. I could really care less if my IP is stored by all the search engines for 5 years. I guess if I was searching for ways to make “something” bigger or ready “when the time arises” I might care more.

  3. Real Estate Feeds

    January 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm

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  4. realdiggity

    January 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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    January 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm

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  6. Patrick Hake

    January 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Is this really an issue?

    This will have zero impact on my searching methods.

    I am excited that Yahoo! will be swiching to Bing’s search algorithm soon though, as my sites tend to rank better in Bing.

  7. Real Estate Utah

    January 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    A lot of us might not be bothered by this news. It’s not really a big deal.

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