While I was preparing to leave town for a family gathering, AOL managed to 'lose' a few gigs of their customers' search records. Well, not really lose, since unlike most data breaches, this file wasn't on a purloined laptop or obtained via some exploit. Instead, some less than clueful researcher at AOL put it out there as a 'data collection'. To be fair, the user screen names were 'anonymized', replaced with a consistent number to represent the user. AOL's rapidly shrinking dial-up ISP business still gives them a stronger identity model than Yahoo and GMail's databases of sock puppets du jour. AOL did its best to protect its own interests in those identities.