Don’t Spill Cookies, and Other Search Privacy No-no’s

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 15, 2006 (PodTech News) – The posting of some 19 million searches by 658,000 AOL subscribers — an information spill being likened to Exxon’s Valdez accident — has civil liberties groups seeking legal action and senators pushing legislation to secure users’ privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group that advocates for “digital rights” on the Internet, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Monday, urging the FTC to investigate AOL’s privacy protections. EFF Staff Technologist Seth Schoen speaks with PodTech’s Catherine Girardeau about the complaint, and about how search users can protect their personal information.

Reporter’s Notes:

Source material:

EFF’s Press Release, the EFF Blog entry, “How To Keep Your Search History Private,” and

John Paczkowski’s “AOL Means Always Having to Say You’re Sorry” update in Good Morning Silicon Valley. Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Watch posts his comments on a debate between the EFF and Net Coalition (which represents some big search companies)

– Catherine Girardeau

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