Encryption prevents red faces

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Encryption prevents red faces

Every week brings another public announcement on some dramatic compromise of confidential, sensitive information. Sometimes, it's the loss, or theft, of a computer or hard drive or the hacking of supposedly confidential files containing individuals' private, identifying data, such as credit-card numbers or health records.

At other times, it's just "a screw-up." So says AOL spokesman Andrew Weinstein about what appears to be the posting of some 20 million separate search queries, revealing the search habits of more than 600,000 AOL customers. Two Californians and a New York resident have sued AOL, claiming that ...

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