AOL admits their goof in publishing huge amounts of search data that is questionably anonymized. The New York Times describes some details of the person identified through analysis of the released search data, as was reported in Martin McKeay's blog entry.
Of course, AOL thought that the released data was presented in a way that did not personally identify anyone. The fact that others are able to extract identifiable information from presumably anonymized data should be a wake up call to AOL to review how their governance practices are deployed to ensure they are abiding by their own policies.
Posted August 10, 2006 5:50 AM
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