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Wiping Google data could hit flu prediction

20th May 2009

Google founder Larry Page has warned that forcing his organisation to delete user data after six months could dent its ability to predict pandemics such as swine flu.

He said more debate was needed around the issue of storing user data after it emerged that the European Commission wants data ditched after six months. However, Mr Page said there were benefits to users and Google's ability to plot and predict potential pandemics would not be possible if the firm had to delete search data within that timeframe.

 

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