AOL Search Engine Data Fallout

The AP is reporting that AOL’s Chief Technology Officer has resigned and 2 other workers have been fired, after a privacy breach involving the intentional release of over 650,000 subscriber’s web searches.

From the article —

Although AOL had substituted numeric IDs for the subscribers’ user names, the search queries themselves contained Social Security numbers, medical conditions and other data that could be traced to an individual. In fact, The New York Times was able to trace user 4417749 to Thelma Arnold, 62, of Lilburn, Ga.

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