Heads Roll At AOL Over Search Data Leak
from the sacked dept
In the wake of its release of search data from half a million users, AOL’s chief technology officer has left the company (the WSJ reports she was fired, Reuters says she resigned) and the manager and researcher overseeing the search data have been fired. It’s sort of funny: for the government and other companies that manage to leak personal information that could be used for identity theft, paying for a year of credit monitoring — which may not be that helpful — is about the extent of their response. But AOL, whose release of data really wasn’t too damaging, beyond the dent its reputation took, has gone so far as to force out those reponsible for the mistake. If nothing else, the company has shown its employees that it takes users’ privacy seriously — something so many other companies that leak more dangerous data don’t really seem to do.