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Google Person Finder Records Now Support ’60 Days’ Automatic Expiration Date

Google Person Finder tool helps you find your lost one during the crisis. As of today, there’re over 600,000 records in Google Person Finder, which’s most useful immediately after a crisis and becomes less useful as time passes. In this matter, Google today announced that;

“Starting today, Google Person Finder will support an expiry date on each record, as described in the PFIF 1.3 open standard. As part of this change, we’re setting an expiry date of May 31, 2011 on all our existing records and deleting archived records from past launches. When you enter a new record in Person Finder, you can specify when you want it to expire. It’ll automatically disappear from Person Finder at that time, and it’ll be gone from our backups within 60 days thereafter. We’re also requiring that everyone who uses the Person Finder API under our Terms of Service follow this same data retention policy.”

“At any time before a record expires, you can visit the record and click a button to extend its expiry date. We encourage you to provide an email address when you create a record so that we can send you a notice when the record expires. The notice will contain a link, valid for 3 days, that you can use to restore the record before it is permanently deleted,” Google added.

[Source: Google.org blog]

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