Making things disappear on the web has been on my mind since I was found by someone I didn’t really want to find me. This new program looks promising, but brings up the issue of what you want to eliminate and when. Blog posts? Email? Why not just think before you send?
clipped from www.newswise.com

This Article Will Self-destruct: A Tool to Make Online Personal Data Vanish

Newswise — Computers have made it virtually impossible to leave the past behind. College Facebook posts or pictures can resurface during a job interview. A lost cell phone can expose personal photos or text messages. A legal investigation can subpoena the entire contents of a home or work computer, uncovering incriminating, inconvenient or just embarrassing details from the past.

The University of Washington has developed a way to make such information expire. After a set time period, electronic communications such as e-mail, Facebook posts and chat messages would automatically self-destruct, becoming irretrievable from all Web sites, inboxes, outboxes, backup sites and home computers. Not even the sender could retrieve them.

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