AOL Releases Search Logs. Who's Next?
Several hundred thousand paying AOL members have just been deliberately stripped of their privacy to the entire world.
Oh. My. God.
Now, folks, is there any question whatsoever that personal and business use of online apps like Writely, Basecamp, and Google Spreadsheets may be unwise?
As a member of such services, you don't own your data, and therefore you can't protect it.
Most ordinary web surfers already get this, which is why web-based personal computing apps have faired so poorly over the past decade. I wonder when the webtopian pundits are going to wake up.
Update: AOL's apology isn't remotely satisfactory. What are they doing to put the genie back in the bottle? They need to launch their legal eagles at those sites now redistributing this data, even if the license they attached to it allows redistribution.