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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AOL_search_data_leak

The AOL search data leak was the release, in August 2006, of detailed search logs by AOL of a large number of AOL users. The release was intentional and intended for research purposes; however, the public release meant that the entire Internet could see the results rather than a select number of academics. AOL did not ...

www.nytimes.com/2006/08/09/technology/09aol.html

Aug 9, 2006 ... 4417749 became easier to discern. There are queries for “landscapers in Lilburn, Ga,” several people with the last name Arnold and “homes sold in shadow lake subdivision gwinnett county georgia.” It did not take much investigating to follow that data trail to Thelma Arnold, a 62-year-old widow who lives in ...

techcrunch.com/2006/08/09/first-person-identified-from-aol-data-thelma-arnold

Aug 9, 2006 ... On Sunday the news broke that AOL purposefully released 20 million partially anonymized search queries. On Monday AOL apologized, and later that evening the..

www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?pid=187189054

Nov 9, 2017 ... Preston was born on June 6th, 1933 in Chelsea, MA to Preston Sr. and Thelma Arnold Justis. As the son of a Coast Guard Officer, Preston lived in numerous coastal cities within the US while growing up until settling in Norfolk VA where he attended Norview High School. This is where he met Nancy Beaver, ...

www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2006/08/you_are_what_you_search.html

Aug 11, 2006 ... The search records don't include users' names, but each search is tagged with a number that's tied to a specific AOL account. The New York Times quickly sussed out that AOL Searcher No. 4417749 was 62-year-old Thelma Arnold. Indeed, Arnold has a "dog who urinate on everything," just as she'd typed ...

www.focus.de/politik/ausland/usa-die-glaeserne-mrs-arnold_aid_214251.html

Sie suchte einen „Gärtner in Lilburn, Georgia“ und „zum Verkauf stehende Häuser im Stadtteil Shadow Lake“. Später gab sie den Namen ihres Sohnes in die AOL-Suchmaschine ein: Er heißt Arnold mit Nachnamen. In Shadow Lake leben elf Arnolds. Nur wenige Anrufe führten den Reporter zur 62-jährigen Thelma Arnold.

cs.nyu.edu/courses/fall17/CSCI-GA.2434-001/Tristan_Allard_onprivacy.pdf

Jun 9, 2016 ... AnonID. Query. 4417749 people with last name “Arnold”. 4417749. “landscapers in Lilburn,Ga”. 4417749. “60 single men”. 4417749. “dog that urinates on everything”. 4417749 dog-related queries. ⇒ A few days after: Thelma Arnold is identified [6]. . . and AOL removes hastily the dataset from its website.

www.coursera.org/learn/data-results/lecture/HeUrO/examples-of-privacy-leaks

Nov 25, 2015 ... Another example was Thelma Arnold in the, quote, anonymized AOL data that you may remember. This was a data set released by AOL sort of without the company's permission. It was a group of researchers who were trying to help the research community by saying, hey, it would be great if we released all ...

www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/PID2016981.pdf

of Thelma Arnold in public “anonymized” AOL query records [1], the identification of a homophobic individual in the public “anonymized” Netflix prize training data set [11], and the theorectical test for membership of the DNA of a given individual in a forensic mix or a genome-wide asso- ciation study [10], were not breaks of ...