Fallout from AOL's Flub

The release of user data cost executives their jobs but is unlikely to prompt big changes in how Internet companies protect information

AOL's inadvertent release of search data on more than 650,000 customers is a stark reminder that online privacy has a price. Underestimating its value, after all, cost the job of AOL's chief technology officer, according to an Aug. 21 company e-mail. Other employees were also dismissed, according to press reports.

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