[LINK] The Right to Be Forgotten
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sun Jan 29 10:23:27 EST 2012
At 10:00 +1100 29/1/12, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>On LinkedIn, I m connected to a friend who died nearly three years ago.
>I doubt that anyone has his password and maybe his family doesn't even
>know of the existence of his LinkedIn account. I don't even know if I
>can unlink to him.
Years ago, I bemoaned the loss of heritage, because (under the model
practised by ISPs, and by universities) once an account is closed,
everything is deleted, and not even archived.
We've since seen such variants as:
- Pandora, which is largely unempowered and unfunded and hence
has to be selective. For example, it can't even archive the
web-sites of defunct agencies (but is a great service!)
- archive.org, which is sporadic, and a bit hit-and-miss, and
doesn't appear to be open to free-text search (but ditto!)
- university alumni sites, which may turn into memorial sites
given that their sole purpose is to raise money for the Uni.
(Staff and visitors/adjuncts - and non-completed students -
generally don't get the same offer, unless they're also alumni)
- voyeurism-driven 'social media' sites, whose business model
depends on rapaciousness of personal data, which much prefer
volume to relevance, and which don't have any kind of business
driver for such concepts as deletion or the rights of executors,
trustees and beneficiaries
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
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Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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