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Should We Remember to Forget?


February 12, 2010

When it comes to our online lives, "Cheap storage has been a boon in many ways, but can it also be a nightmare?" an Ars Technica report asks. The question refers to Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's book Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age and the benefits or detriments of storing--or remembering--virtually infinite amounts of information. "Do we want a future that is forever unforgiving because it is unforgetting?" asks Mayer-Schönberger, who will be a keynote speaker at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in April. He suggests finding simple ways to give data an expiration date to "prompt users to reflect, at least for a moment, about the lifespan of the information they intend to store."
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