AOL's CTO resigns amid search data furor

— 5:43 PM on August 21, 2006

Maureen Govern, AOL's Chief Technology Officer, has resigned from her post at the company just over two weeks after a division she oversaw released anonymous search data for 650,000 AOL users to the public. AOL quickly pulled the data, but not before it had time to spread across various file sharing networks and even find its way onto a dedicated website that still lets users search through the logs.

Following Govern's departure, AOL's previous CTO John McKinley will take over as the new interim CTO, and AOL says it will put together a task force to review its privacy policy. The task force will be spearheaded by AOL's Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis and General Counsel Randy Boe, and it will examine the company's collection and retention policies for user data. Thanks to TR reader Maurice for the link.

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