On top of the enormous public outcry and even a pending investigation, AOL is still suffering from the fallout of their mistake a few weeks back when they released private search on many of their customers. Now, Maureen Govern, who was formerly the Chief Technology Officer for AOL, has resigned, and two other employees were fired. Whether or not those three are scapegoats, AOL is looking beyond that to prevent things like this from happening again:
In addition, AOL, a unit of Time Warner Inc., instituted new rules for the handling of subscribers' personal information, according to employee memos issued by Jonathan Miller, chairman and chief executive of AOL. The company made the two memos available to the media.
Currently, whether or not the FTC is going to pursue a full investigation remains yet to be seen. Privacy group EFF has been steadfast in making sure that things are done properly:
"It's a sign that AOL is taking this breach very seriously, but we'd like to see follow through with a permanent policy change," EFF spokeswoman Rebecca Jeschke said.
It will likely be many months, possibly years, before this gets entirely put behind AOL. We already know that some people have quit using their services due to the fiasco and their identities potentially being exposed.