Protecting search habits of Web users

Earlier this month there was another breach in what has become a too common assault on Internet users' privacy.

AOL disclosed 20 million Web searches that 658,000 users made over three months, posting them on an Internet site. AOL didn't identify the individuals by name, but in some cases the search terms offered enough clues for an enterprising marketer, health insurer, nosy government agent or a criminal to figure out who they were.

AOL apologized profusely and took down the site, which had been intended for researchers. But an apology is no solace for those legitimately worried that companies or the authorities now know -- or wrongly assume they know -- their health problems, habits, hobbies and, in some cases, fears and fetishes. Security News: Protecting search habits of Web users

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 15th August 2006 7:27AM