Serving as a Bad Example: AOL Privacy Debacle

AOL’s release in late July of data covering three months’ worth of user searches has sparked a wide range of reactions. In some ways, the reactions have revealed far more than the raw data itself. They have pointed out the ways in which the current handling of search engine data does not serve all those who wish to use it – and the delicate balancing act that must be maintained between equally commendable yet mutually exclusive needs.
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