2006/08/23

Following Up On AOL's Privacy Troubles

Forgive me...I've got a busy day ahead and am short on time. So it's two quick posts, and then I'm going to disappear till evening.

Following up on AOL's massive exposure of search queries, Blognonymous notes that the company is in major damage control mode, claiming that it was an error in judgment on the part of a few employees. Oddly, in addition to firing one researcher and one manager associated with the project, the company's Chief Technology Officer has also resigned. Now normally you wouldn't sack the CTO for this kind failure. You'd get rid of the Chief Privacy Office (CPO), leading me to believe that Ms. Govern (the CTO) was already planning her exit, and AOL is just taking advantage of the situation. Interesting...

4 Comments:

AOL=Wal-Mart. Enough said.
Oh such a cynical froggy...
Of course the major value assigned to an employee, in that type of org, is severance cost. Sounds right to me.
Of course the major value assigned to an employee, in that type of org, is severance cost. Sounds right to me.

Zzzzzzt!!! Wrong answer, Cartledge my friend. CTOs typically command higher compensation and severance than CPOs. Unless AOL doesn't have a CPO (and I highly doubt that), they took it in the shorts.

TPM..."AOL - The Walmart of Internet Access". Yup, I grok!
Ok then froggy. But why I really returned was to track the snoop who was getting into my shorts! That sitemeter is nifty, but it leaves a trail big as a grizzly bear. And you still don't know what colour jocks I'm wearing. Though it seems to tell you nearly everything else :)

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