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    Opinion at Huffington Post: Undoing Your Digital Past: Censorship or Privacy?

    At the Huffington Post, writer Karthika Muthukumaraswamy discusses in an opinion column the issue of privacy and and data shared online:

    The relative obscurity of webpages, the anonymity of online identities, and the innocuous nature of a computer screen combined together to prompt us to divulge more and more in the Internet age, even as privacy advocates and media scholars warned us about the unforgettable memory of the Web.

    Emily Gould described the perils of oversharing on the Internet as well as anyone after her relatively private blog exploded from relative obscurity to an open journal for the world to see. “In real life, we wouldn’t invite any passing stranger into these situations, but the remove of the Internet makes it seem O.K.,” she wrote.

    Now, with Facebook and Twitter and Google, there are ever more areas for oversharing, and with them, increasing avenues for finding and exploiting that information. Everything we ever do seems to be recorded on the Internet in such consistent fashion, that the two appear inextricably linked.

    So far, users have been held liable for the irresponsibility of posting too much information about themselves–as they should be. But as companies use Internet content more and more for consumer data and advertising, employers monitor social-media updates by their employees, and schools track their students’ online escapades, there is more and more need to hold organizations accountable for their exploitation of such information. […]

    In a world where visitors can be turned away from countries because of online records of their past research, fired from jobs owing to Facebook posts, and suspended from school because of their tweets, Netizens should certainly be entitled to some protections. […]

    Everything from the “constitutional right to oblivion,” “reinvent forgetting on the Internet” to the “right to be forgotten,” have been proposed.

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