Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Lawsuit against AOL threatens search engine cookie store (The Guardian, UK)

“AOL is being sued by three American users after details of their internet searches were made available by the US web firm this year.

The lawsuit also demands that the company stop maintaining records of what users are looking for on the internet, a move which could hamper the development of the burgeoning search-engine industry.

Internet search engines place electronic tags - called cookies - on users' computers, enabling a search engine to compile a database of customer behaviour, in the same way that store cards help retailers track who is buying what items.”