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AOL sued by subscribers over search data release

   
1:36 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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AOL has been sued over its online release of data on the Internet searches of more than 650,000 members in late July. A lawsuit seeking class action status was filed against AOL on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The lawsuit accuses AOL of violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act...and seeks at least $5,000 for every person whose search data was exposed.

[news.com.com...]
pdf of suit [dw.com.com]

[biz.yahoo.com...]

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:43 pm (utc) on Sep. 26, 2006]
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2:31 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Boy I didn't see this one coming. ;) AOL deserves a swift kick in the you know what for that stupid mistake.
2:46 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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AOL deserves a swift kick

A swift kick in the Nads.

I warn everyone that wants broadband with AOL or who use AOL, emails and all.

2:48 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Excellent.
2:51 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I feel a little sorry for them - I got quite a lot of useful info out of that data.

Perhaps we should all chip in and cover the fine... ;)

6:00 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Now that AOL is facing the lawsuit anyway, perhaps they should consider releasing a complete list of search queries for one full month :)
1:54 pm on Sep 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How does the US economy function with such nonsense as a daily occurrence?
3:44 pm on Sep 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How does the US economy function with such nonsense as a daily occurrence?

Oddly enough, it functions better than most countries including many Western European countries.
4:40 pm on Sep 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How does the US economy function with such nonsense as a daily occurrence?

It's a trade-off, right? We don't have a complex set of government rules to (try to) force companies to respect the privacy of their customers (a la EU). Instead, we have roaming packs of lawyers, who constantly sniff the country for actionable screw-ups.

The U.S. can best be understood in terms of Dirty Harry movies. We don't have enough cops on the beat to discourage illegal activity by their sheer presence. Instead, we have the threat that, even though you'll get away with it much of the time, someday a guy with a .35 Magnum class action will show up and say "Do ya feel lucky punk? Well, do ya?"

It ain't pretty, but it sorta works.

5:27 pm on Sep 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The U.S. can best be understood in terms of Dirty Harry movies. We don't have enough cops on the beat to discourage illegal activity by their sheer presence. Instead, we have the threat that, even though you'll get away with it much of the time, someday a guy with a .35 Magnum class action will show up and say "Do ya feel lucky punk? Well, do ya?"

It ain't pretty, but it sorta works.


Except that it was a 44 Magnum. Oh and the question is have I fired five shots or six? You know I'm not rightly sure.
6:04 pm on Sep 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"Mister, I gots to know.....I gots to know....."
7:53 am on Sep 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That was a fantastic analogy. :-D I'll have to remember that.
3:14 am on Oct 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you're concerned about privacy issues pertaining to search engines, visit the California Initiative For Internet Privacy [cifip.org] site.
 

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