The legal and political fallout from AOL's publication of some 650,000 users' search histories continues.
On Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the digital rights group in San Francisco, filed a complaint against AOL with the Federal Trade Commission.
The "may" language could give AOL some wiggle room. Also, search data is an unusual creature: it can in some circumstances identify an individual, but not usually. For its part, AOL says it is conducting an internal investigation of its own.
Still, some FTC complaints have caused companies real grief. Just ask Microsoft about changes it made to Passport. Or DoubleClick.