AOL Releases Search Queries of 650k Users w/o Permission

alkemyst

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Feb 13, 2001
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Originally posted by: JS80
couldn't tell if the user ids were anonymized or not...

If you read the article it's pretty clear they were, however; as the article also states many will search for their own name among other personal information. Put it all together and you can pretty much know everything about them.

Anyone have a link to a mirror?
 

NFS4

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Oct 9, 1999
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Originally posted by: alkemyst
Originally posted by: JS80
couldn't tell if the user ids were anonymized or not...

If you read the article it's pretty clear they were, however; as the article also states many will search for their own name among other personal information. Put it all together and you can pretty much know everything about them.

Anyone have a link to a mirror?

http://www.gregsadetsky.com/aol-data/
 

JS80

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Oct 24, 2005
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man that is stupid. why in God's name would a VP at AOL approve this?
 

alkemyst

No Lifer
Feb 13, 2001
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Originally posted by: JS80
man that is stupid. why in God's name would a VP at AOL approve this?

I am willing to bet other search engines are selling search strings as well.

AOL just got caught.
 

waggy

No Lifer
Dec 14, 2000
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holly crap. how the fvck could they do this? it didnt break any laws?

glad i do not use AOL sheesh
 

phisrow

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Sep 6, 2004
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I'm pretty sure this violates their privacy policy somehow.

Downloading now. *smirk*
 
Jun 4, 2005
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Originally posted by: effowe
Originally posted by: LoKe
So?

Look what this guy searched for...

From what I can see, none of the information can be damaging to the people unless they're intending to do something illegal. You give up your right to privacy once you submit something to the internet.
 

effowe

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Nov 1, 2004
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Originally posted by: LoKe
Originally posted by: effowe
Originally posted by: LoKe
So?

Look what this guy searched for...

From what I can see, none of the information can be damaging to the people unless they're intending to do something illegal. You give up your right to privacy once you submit something to the internet.

It's my understanding that social security / credit card numbers were released as well. I'll search for a link.

Text
 

effowe

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Nov 1, 2004
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Originally posted by: LoKe
Originally posted by: effowe
It's my understanding that social security / credit card numbers were released as well. I'll search for a link.

Text

Who searches for their own numbers? o_O

Who knows, but the people were under the assumption that their data was private. They were wrong.
 

Goosemaster

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Apr 10, 2001
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Originally posted by: effowe
Originally posted by: LoKe
Originally posted by: effowe
Originally posted by: LoKe
So?

Look what this guy searched for...

From what I can see, none of the information can be damaging to the people unless they're intending to do something illegal. You give up your right to privacy once you submit something to the internet.

It's my understanding that social security / credit card numbers were released as well. I'll search for a link.

Text

hole y carp...
 

mugs

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Apr 29, 2003
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Originally posted by: alkemyst
Originally posted by: JS80
man that is stupid. why in God's name would a VP at AOL approve this?

I am willing to bet other search engines are selling search strings as well.

AOL just got caught.

They were giving the data away for research purposes.
 

daniel1113

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Jun 6, 2003
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I think this whole thing has been overblown, but talk about a bad PR move by AOL. Someone is losing his/her job.
 

Goosemaster

Lifer
Apr 10, 2001
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Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: alkemyst
Originally posted by: JS80
man that is stupid. why in God's name would a VP at AOL approve this?

I am willing to bet other search engines are selling search strings as well.

AOL just got caught.

They were giving the data away for research purposes.

research my ass...


Originally posted by: schneiderguy
lol

"why do i have butt acne"




looks liek that has been taken care of:eek: