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posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 11:00 AM

This searchable database contains 36389569 searches made by AOL users from 01 March, 2006 - 31 May, 2006. The data was released under a non-commercial research license by AOL. The associated README file contains further information about what data was provided. If you find any data that actually makes it possible to identify a user, please let us know using the [!]-function and we'll remove those references.

Be forewarned your queries may quickly link to sexually explicit, criminal, or drug language.

from the readme file:

CAVEAT EMPTOR [] This collection of data is intended for use by mature adults who are not easily offended by the use of pornographic search terms. []Also be aware that in some states it may be illegal to expose a minor to this data. Please understand that the data represents REAL WORLD USERS, un-edited and randomly sampled, and that AOL is not the author of this data.

A user number,
what that user number specifically searched for relative to your request,
and what web page that user number ultimately visited.

How does that make you feel?

Do you use programs like


to deal with type of tracking on your own machine?

Do you think they work?

To whom, when, and for what reasons do you think this type of information is available to institutions?

Thanks for your visit... they know you were here, and they have you stereotyped!

I keep my "track me not" linked to the ATS RSS feed myself.

track me not,

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posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 11:06 AM
Internet is the Global Control system, the Orwellian Supervisor, the eyes peering into your private home, the Control Freak tracking your data.

posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 12:03 PM

Originally posted by Skyfloating
Internet is the Global Control system, the Orwellian Supervisor, the eyes peering into your private home, the Control Freak tracking your data.

And yet the more we use it, the more reliant we become of it. It feeds many social needs and for some has become the preferred way to shop. Our search patterns are used to target ads at us and for some, the internet is viewed as a basic human right. Big brother it may be, but that still doesn't deter us from spending ever-increasing hours of our days plugged into it.

posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 12:05 PM
reply to post by LarryLove

And thats the genius of it. Only what we fully embrace can enslave us.

posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 12:12 PM
reply to post by Skyfloating

Agreed and the real scary thing is that we are perhaps blindly walking a path to complete control over the populous via the internet. As powerful as the internet is for free speech, it is equally powerful for those who seek order amongst their ranks. It could be argued that there is no such thing as privacy anymore as we are all too keen to document our lives via social networking.

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