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AOL Exposes Users

America Online recently released the search queries of more than 650,000 of its users for ?research? purposes. The data contained three months’ worth of searches that were attached to unique user IDs. No names were included with the release, but private information was easily gleaned from some of the queries. Although AOL has since removed the information and apologized for its release, calling it a ?screw up,? copies continue to circulate around the Internet.


C|Net:

Based on the number of local searches, AOL user 1515830 appears to be a resident of Ohio’s Mahoning County. On March 1, user 1515830 was trying to find the amount of calories in chai tea and bananas. But on March 9, the searches took a darker turn:
chai tea calories
calories in bananas
aftermath of incest
how to tell your family you’re a victim of incest
pottery barn
curtains
surgical help for depression
oakland raiders comforter set
can you adopt after a suicide attempt
who is not allowed to adopt
i hate men
medication to enhance female desire
jobs in denver colorado
teaching positions in denver colorado
how long will the swelling last after my tummy tuck
divorce laws in ohio
free remote keyloggers
baked macaroni and cheese with sour cream
how to deal with anger
teaching jobs with the denver school system
marriage counseling tips
anti psychotic drugs

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