Guidelines needed to protect anonymity
In early August, officials at America Online released information about searches being conducted by AOL members and users of the AOL search tool. This historical data was released onto the internet by several AOL officials to demonstrate how useful such data could be for tracking patterns, uses and interest of AOL members.
The data was anonymised, with members being assigned random ID numbers instead of userid's or names, and was only online for a few days.
At The Register.
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