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Can Digital Footprints Be Erased?

ONLINE PRIVACY

July 9, 2010

Is it possible to erase our digital footprints from the Internet? "The short answer is no," according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. Experts point out that every online visit--whether to buy clothing, check in on social networks or use a search engine--leaves traces that "can be stitched together to create a thorough profile." For those who want to erase their digital histories, there are many challenges, including finding out which companies and organizations hold pieces of their personal data. According to Ryan Calo of California's Stanford Law Center for Internet and Society, "Unless there is a real change to the architecture (of the Internet) and the law, this is the cost of being in an information-intensive society."
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