Google called for new global regulations [JURIST report] last year to protect personal information online, noting that existing guidelines date back as far as 1980. Also in 2007, US privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to block Google's acquisition of Internet advertising company DoubleClick over concerns that it would allow users' personal information to be matched with their usage history and habits. The FTC declined to oppose the merger, which European regulators also approved [CNet News reports]. The merger became final [blog posting] this March.
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