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AOL FREES 650,000 users of their privacy!
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 08 August 2006 07:49
AOL Releases Search Queries of 650,000 Users
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AOL does the unthinkable

AOL grabbed headlines last week when it announced that it was making its online services freely available to anyone with Internet access. Today, the company is making news for what is an inexplicable turn of events. The company freely made available the private search history of over 650,000 users without permission. The 439MB compressed download features over 20 million search queries over a three month period and was made available on AOL's research website along with a readme file detailing the results. In an effort to ease damage control, AOL has removed both links, but mirrors for both search data and the AOL readme (for better or worse) are mirrored at multiple sites.

The vast amount of data included in these search queries is staggering and the possibilities for abuse are endless. TechCrunch reports:

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