Reports have surfaced that AOL's Chief Technology Officer has resigned due to the the inadvertent release of search data for 600,000 customers. In addition to the CTO, two employees in the research group responsible for tracking user search data have also left AOL.
AOL has formed a 'task force' to ensure this type of thing doesn't happen again. I feel bad for the employees. One the one hand, the fact that AOL held some folks accountable is a good thing. On the other had, we don't really know what happened here and I can't help but think some of these folks were merely convenient scape-goats.
Unless AOL treats their internal corporate data the same way they treat user data, we'll never know.