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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..

myshadow.org/false-promises-data-anonymisation

Feb 26, 2015 ... The New York Times reporters Michael Barbaro and Tom Zeller re-identified User 4417749 as Thelma Arnold, a sixty-two-year-old widow from Lilburn, Georgia. Her queries included “numb fingers,” “60 single men,” and “dog that urinates on everything.” Similarly, Netflix, the “world's largest online movie ...

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.tjmcintyre.com/2006/08

Aug 31, 2006 ... Thelma Arnold's identity was betrayed by AOL records of her Web searches, like ones for her dog, Dudley, who clearly has a problem. No. 4417749 conducted hundreds of searches over a three-month period on topics ranging from “numb fingers” to “60 single men” to “dog that urinates on everything.”

www.gold-foundation.org/newsroom/news/tribute-dr-arnold-p-gold-beloved-co-founder

Jan 24, 2018 ... The younger sibling of Bernard and Thelma, Arnold was sent from his childhood home in Brooklyn to Galveston, Texas, to attend high school. He left his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas, Austin to enlist in the Navy during World War II as soon as he celebrated his 17th birthday. He served as ...

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

21. Aug. 2006 ... Arnold ist eine von 658000 Kunden, deren Suchanfragen der Internet-Provider AOL im Web veröffentlichte – für Forschungszwecke. Seitdem die „New York Times“ den Patzer Anfang August am Beispiel Arnold aufdeckte, weiß die Öffentlichkeit, dass Thelma Arnold ein Ungezieferproblem hat („Termiten“) ...

www.lunchoverip.com/2006/08/being_user_4417.html

Aug 25, 2006 ... The New York Times' reporters for example tracked down AOL user number 4417749, Thelma Arnold, a 62-year-old widow who lives in Lilburn, Georgia: In the privacy of her four-bedroom home, Ms. Arnold searched for the answers to scores of life's questions, big and small. How could she buy “school ...