Stephanie Bodoni (Bloomberg) reports that EU Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot has welcomed Google Inc.’s decision to halve the time it stores information on users’ search records. He describes this as “a step toward complying with EU privacy and data protection laws”. Google said this week it will keep data for nine months, instead of the minimum 18-month period it introduced last year. Both US and European law and policy makers have argued that search engines keep too much personal data for too long and with little oversight of how they use them. The EU target for retained personal data remains six months.