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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Data Can't Be Leaked if it Isn't Collected

The average user probably won't understand this, but there's an easy solution to the recent AOL goof-up where huge amounts of personal search data were leaked.

Recently, meta-search engine Ixquick.com announced that they simply do not store any user search history: according to spokesman Alex van Eesteren, "data not stored can't be breached." All logfile information about users is deleted as part of an aggressive strategy to protect the user's privacy. Being based in the Netherlands, this engine does not need to comply with U.S. government directives. The AOL mistake gave Ixquick the opportunity to remind the press of their new policy, which had been enacted just a few weeks ago.

Posted by Andrew Goodman




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