Best we forget: calls for online personal information use-by dates

An academic says the rise of digital technology is undermining people’s ability to forget, and is calling for personal digital information to be given a use-by date.Viktor Mayer-Schonberger told ABC Radio National’s Life Matters program, the online storage of personal information, while already causing embarrassment and compromising careers, is also affecting an essential social process.”Not only is forgetting important because it lets other people forget what we have done, it also lets us forget about our past, about those things that are no longer relevant to us, and therefore it helps us to generalise, to abstract, to leave the details of all our experiences behind… and to act in the present rather than be tethered to an ever more detailed past,” he said.

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