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Is Your IP Address Personal Data?

FYI... this news story caught my attention, since government policy and legislation affects how companies protect (or not) consumers' personal data:

"An official of the European Union has contradicted Google Inc. and said IP addresses should, for the most part, be regarded as personal information, according to reports Monday. When someone can be identified by an Internet protocol address "then it has to be regarded as personal data,"AP quoted Germany's data protection commissioner, Peter Scharr, as saying. Mountain View-based Google disagrees, AP reported, and says an IP address identifies the location of a computer but not the individual user."

To learn more, see this Associated Press (AP) news story.


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