AOL has apparently released details of Internet searches performed over a period of three months by hundreds of thousands of its subscribers, raising privacy concerns. The data, apparently made available for research purposes, is no longer available at the Web site research.aol.com, but details of the data were cited by technology blog site Techcrunch, and the page linking to it was cached by Google"s search engine.
The cached copy of the page said the data comprised about 19 million Web searches performed by 658,000 users from March through May. The page warned of sexually explicit language in some of the queries, and said of the data, "This collection is distributed for noncommercial research use only." The page contained a link to a compressed copy of the data archive.