14 You’ve Been Googled: What’s the Verdict?

“CONSUMERS ARE MOVING their lives online,” said Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a recent interview with Fortune magazine. To put the Google chief’s statement into perspective, consider the bizarre story of Hasan Elahi and a life “gone online.”

Elahi, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen and a professor at Rutgers University, had an unexpected run-in with the FBI in 2002 just after returning from a trip to the Netherlands. He was arrested and detained at the airport in Detroit before learning that he’d been placed on an FBI terrorist watch list after someone sent a tip to the feds alleging that he was stashing explosives somewhere in Florida. Although Elahi was cleared in the subsequent investigation, he was ...

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