Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Nov 2010 22:32 UTC
Internet & Networking "What if you could essentially fake your death online - completely delete any trace of yourself from Facebook, Twitter, blogs, forums, Usenet, and anywhere else there might be some record of your existence. Such a concept is largely impossible today, especially given complications from services like Facebook combined with caches and mirrors of practically everything ever e-created. The European Commission wants to change that."
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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by ndrw on Fri 5th Nov 2010 09:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
ndrw
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2009-06-30

As much as I don't like Google or Facebook practices I have to agree with OSbunny. It's just another regulation imposed on content or service providers. At some point it will become illegal to run websites like OSnews without dozens of licenses and deep pockets, it's just a matter of time.

As for your example - no regulations will ever erase these data from the web. That's just an inherent to information itself. Law may forbid distributing these data but can't physically eliminate it - just wait for "black market" search engines selling their services to anyone (most of us?) who wants to get uncensored information. It's simply yet another attempt at using law for changing the way the nature works.

The solution to this problem is not to publish any private information on the web and if someone does it for you (either a bad guy or a careless service provider) - to sue him/it. Irreversibility of such a damage should warrant a fair compensation. Just imagine how would it affect Facebook-wannabes if Facebook had to shell out $1k (let's be cheap this time) to all people affected by their recent leak.

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