Lauren Weinstein, co-founder of People For Internet Responsibility and the moderator of the PRIVACY Forum, has made an impassioned call for the formation of a working group to tackle issue of search engine history data retention, mining and sharing policies:
Participation by all stakeholders would be invited. Representatives of the major search engine firms and concerned government agencies, outside technologists and other persons involved in privacy and search issues, and other entities as appropriate, would all play important roles.
Of course, it’s easy — especially for large corporate enterprises — to simply ignore such efforts and just plow ahead independently. Obviously, without the participation of the key players, the effort that I’m proposing would be useless, and I will not continue to promote it if that situation ensues.
However, I suggest that it will be in the long-term best interests, both financially and in terms of corporate and organizational responsibility, for major stakeholders to actively join such a project, since the alternative seems ever more likely to be somewhere between highly disruptive and extremely draconian.
If interested, let him know.