http://research.aol.com released a list of 20 million + searches by 500,000 AOL users. Contained in this list are social security numbers, credit cards and other personal information. There are some truly scary things in this database. There are hundreds of searches from people looking to kill themselves and even more scary are searches from users that seem to be looking to commit murder.
What should be done for user # 17556639 searching for how to kill your wife, wife killer, how to kill a wife, pictures of dead people?
If you think of anonymous searching as an external ‘stream of consciousness’ then is this a bit like ‘reading minds’?
Coverage on TechCrunch.