Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Heads roll at AOL over search data fiasco
(The Sidney Morning Herald, Australia)

“AOL chief technology officer Maureen Govern, who oversaw the division responsible for accidentally releasing search data for more than a half a millions internet users, has resigned from the company, according to an internal company memorandum.

AOL currently stores search data that can identify users for 30 days. Anonymous search data, the kind divulged by AOL in early August, is stored indefinitely, the source said.

Privacy advocates such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a complaint with the FTC last week requesting an investigation into AOL's privacy practices, arguing that the internet provider did not need to store such search data.”