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Erasing your digital past November 18, 2008

Posted by farshadf in Uncategorized.
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ComputerWorld recently did a piece about erasing your digital past and how difficult it can be to remove embarrassing and damaging search results from sites like Google. They gave themselves a week to try to expunge unwanted online mentions, using three real-life examples as test cases: First, a recent college graduate with a distinctive last name would like to get rid of an entry on someone else’s long-abandoned online journal. Next, a freelance writer is mistakenly identified as a movie critic on Rotten Tomatoes, and doesn’t want her byline juxtaposed next to the word “rotten.” Last, an IT professional who gave a quote to Computerworld in an interview seven years ago that included a salty phrase. So who’s reputation is now clean?