Asked about Ms. Arnold, an AOL spokesman, Andrew Weinstein, reiterated the company's position that the data release was a mistake. "We apologize specifically to her," he said. "There is not a whole lot we can do."Seems to me that people doing research at organizations like AOL would have to sign off on understanding how to deal with data -- for proprietary information as well as for privacy. It's hard to believe that thtruly truely not authorized. I think normally when you do research with a dataset you're required to sign a bunch of stuff. Maybe heads should roll for this.
Mr. Weinstein said he knew of no other cases thus far where users had been identified as a result of the search data, but he was not surprised. "We acknowledged that there was information that could potentially lead to people being identified, which is why we were so angry."
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