AOL apologises for privacy 'screw up'

Tuesday, 8 August 2006, 12:02 PM EST

AOL released the internet search terms that more than 650,000 of its subscribers entered over a three-month period and admitted Monday that what it originally intended as a gesture to researchers amounted to a privacy breach and a mistake.

Although AOL had substituted numeric IDs for the subscribers' real user names, the company acknowledged the search queries themselves may contain personally identifiable data.

At SMH.

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