News Websites Seek More Search Control

november 29, 2007  12:07 pm
A consortium of leading publishers is hoping to revise a 13-year-old technology for restricting access to search engines, the AP reports. As the web has evolved, publishers have complained that search engines were posting their news summaries, headlines and photos without permission. So the publishers are now pushing the new Automated Content Access Protocol, which will be unveiled today. It could try to limit how long search engines may retain copies in their indexes, or tell them not to follow any of the links that appear within a web page, according to the AP.