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Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in a Digital Age - Viktor Mayer-Schönberger,  Viktor Mayer-Schnberger Great book, would have given it 5 stars, but I found the last third a bit boring. Other than that, I would definitely recommend it!

In our computer age, there is no forgetting. Google, for one, stores and saves our searches, caches pages, so nothing is forgotten! Is this a good thing? Not when you are passed over for the job you just applied for because of a questionable photo you posted online years ago! It does work when you are seeking information, as we now no longer have to memorize everything....

"Now a stupid adolescent mistake can take on major implications and go on their records for the rest of their lives."

Medical records that are stored online are also susceptible to being leaked, as are our credit card numbers which are regularly stolen. When we change our address with the Post Office, they share that information with several third parties, whether we want them to or not.

"In an age of digital remembering, these leakages have become the rule rather than the exception - and the consequences are pervasive."

"Negative consequences of digital remembering will rarely impact us now; they will instead return to haunt us in future years. Persuading people to forego a concrete present benefit in order to avoid potential future troubles is a hard sell."