Guess you all heard the fuss last week when AOL ‘accidentaly’ released 2 months worth of saved search data from 658,000 users (info here)
While it’s obviously a massive and worrying breach of privacy, it’s also bloody intresting reading, obviously some people seem to think a search engine is a shrink and tell it everything! Who needs to watch a bunch of self obsessed wierdos act up for the camera on BB when all the freakiness of someones ‘real life’ is here in black and white?
Take for instance this womans search data…
This is gripping reading… in the 2 months in question she gets more and more pissed off with her husband, has a few lesbian fantasies, sneakes off and has an affair with a married prison officer she met online (and searches for him & his prison by name…so much for anonymous data!), he gets found out & leaves his wife, he then stalks her, she has a nasty sounding facial growth removed…. while all while searching for good biblical references and quotes like ‘god can heal affairs’!
Wow, my life is soooo boring!
AOL Search Log search…
(EDIT: I may be completely wrong about all of this of course, hey, I’m making it up from a bunch of search strings after all… but that’s what’s so fun, no?)