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Erasing All Ddigital Footprints 'Impossible'

Publication Date: 
July 06, 2010
Source: 
San Francisco Chronicle
Author: 
Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera

Ryan Calo, a residential fellow at Stanford Law's Center for Internet and Society, is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on the difficulties of erasing one’s digital footprint:

It's been almost two decades since mainstream users began trekking into the library-slash-playground known as the World Wide Web. Now, several years into that excursion, many are taking a long hard look at the trail they've left behind.

The idea of tracing our steps through the digital jungle and departing it like we were never there seems too ambitious, almost unfathomable. But what would it take for an individual to erase his digital footprint? Is it even possible to exit the Internet?

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"There are lots of ways for you to inadvertently send your information to the Internet," said Ryan Calo, a residential fellow at Stanford Law's Center for Internet and Society. "It surprises me, even as a person who has worked in this field for a number of years, how easy it is for information to flow from one point to another."