EFF Says To Search Responsibly

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After calling privacy reform legislation and for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate AOL’s Data Valdez, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued a set of guidelines for keeping you private search history private.

The EFF posted the guidelines on their website, a laundry lists of do’s and don’ts that remind the reader that the only surefire way to remain private on the Internet is to not go on the Internet. But that won’t do at all, will it?

Guidelines include refraining from searching with queries containing personally identifying information (which will put a damper on your ego-surfing), shunning your ISP’s search engine, avoiding personalized search accounts, and refusing cookies.

The EFF filed a complaint with the FTC this week, asking the agency to investigate AOL, require changes to the company’s privacy policy, and force AOL to notify all affected users. The nonprofit organization argued that not only had AOL violated user privacy but also the Federal Trade Commission Act.

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