Following Up On AOL's Privacy Troubles
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...
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!