From 18 months to six months in response to pressure from the EU.
The Article 29 committee, comprising data protection officials from all 27 E.U. countries, has asked the leading search engine makers to respond to their concerns by the end of this month.
According to their privacy FAQ, Google anonymises IP addresses “after 9 months”. However, this doesn’t mean all IP information is deleted after that:
Microsoft will delete all parts of the IP (Internet Protocol) address after six months, while Google still retains part of the address after its self-imposed nine-month cut-off point.
I wonder how Google will respond to the Article 29 committee.