Tuesday, August 08, 2006

That AOL Data

The blogosphere is abuzz with AOL's "voluntary release of search data". Basically, this is the summary of what has happened:
AOL has released very private data about its users without their permission. While the AOL username has been changed to a random ID number, the abilitiy to analyze all searches by a single user will often lead people to easily determine who the user is, and what they are up to. The data includes personal names, addresses, social security numbers and everything else someone might type into a search box.

If you are really interested in that data (AOL's description), here is where you can download it (439MB)

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