Internet giant AOL has apologised for releasing the search queries of more than 650,000 of its US subscribers.
The company admitted the release to researchers was “a screw up” and had breached the privacy of its users.
AOL said it was an “innocent attempt to reach out to the academic community with research tools”.
Although users’ names were not associated with the search terms, fears were raised that the queries may contain personally identifiable data.
It is not clear which researchers were given the data and how they intended to use it.
Source: BBC NEWS