OK, I am getting tired of hearing about how "The new AIM TOS allows AOL to have all rights to anything you say on IM, AOL reads/stores all your IMs, etc."
I take this kind of personally, because that is not something I would want to be associated with.
First off, that blurb in the TOS only refers to AIM forum posts, not
IMs. I agree that it is vague and should be reworded to be clear.
Second, the amount of IM traffic is on the order of hundreds of
gigabytes a day. It would be very costly, and we have no desire to
record all IM traffic. We don't do it.
Thirdly, if you still don't trust us, we have Direct IM (aka Send IM
Image) and Secure IM in all recent versions of the AIM software. In
other words, you can send your IMs in such a way that they never go
through our servers, and/or are encrypted with industry-standard SSL
and S/MIME technology. I know this since I designed these features.
There are no backdoors; I would not have permitted any.
I am saying this as a concerned individual, and not as a corporate spokesperson..