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Weblogs, Inc. CEO Tells His AOL Bosses To "Not Keep Logs of Search Data"

August 7, 2006

Jason Calacanis is CEO of blogging network Weblogs, Inc., which AOL bought last year. In light of AOL's disclosure of 658,000 users' search queries, Calacanis publicly denounced this massive privacy violation and gave his bosses one clear message: "Frankly, I want us to NOT KEEP LOGS of our search data" (emphasis, his).

Exactly -- as discussed in our "Best Practices" white paper, online service providers shouldn't be keeping these kinds of logs. Voluntary limits on data retention would help prevent another Data Valdez like AOL's, but Congress should also strengthen and clarify privacy protections.

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